Study Compares NHLBI and HEDIS Criteria in Identifying Persistent Asthma

In the August 2017 Journal of Healthcare Quality, an article compares the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) guidelines with the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) quality measures to “determine the degree of agreement between these criteria in classifying pediatric persistent asthma.” To conduct the study, researchers studied patients aged 5 – 18 continuously enrolled with one managed care organization for two years and at least one asthma visit.

Upon examining the data, researchers found “NHLBI and HEDIS criteria show fair to moderate agreement.” They also found “HEDIS consistently misclassified persistent asthma, suggesting that it is a poor measure of practice performance.”

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