Is There a Need for Performance Measures for Cochlear Implant Centers?

Peter M. Vila, Timothy E. Hullar, Craig A. Buchman, Judith E.C. Lieu

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Performance measures (PMs), or quality indicators, are metrics based on objective data that allow one to assess whether a system achieves a prespecified goal. Given the relatively high level of resource utilization and potential morbidity associated with cochlear implantation (CI), PMs could be used to evaluate quality of care provided by implant centers and, ultimately, optimize care delivery. This article discusses PMs currently in use, how PMs are developed, potential downsides of using PMs, and various examples of PMs that could be used in CI centers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)484-487
Number of pages4
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States)
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015


  • cochlear implants
  • delivery of health care
  • health care
  • hearing loss
  • performance measures
  • quality indicators


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