AHRQ--Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Advancing Excellence in Health Care

Prevention Quality Indicators Overview

What are Prevention Quality Indicators?

The Prevention Quality Indicators (PQIs) identify issues of access to outpatient care, including appropriate follow-up care after hospital discharge. More specifically, the PQIs use data from hospital discharges to identify admissions that might have been avoided through access to high-quality outpatient care. The PQIs are population based and adjusted for covariates.

The PQIs are area-level indicators that enable tracking of potentially preventable hospitalizations, including diabetes, in a community or region. The PQIs are a key tool for community health needs assessments.

How are Prevention Quality Indicators used?

The PQIs provide a good starting point for assessing quality of health services in the community. The PQIs use administrative data found in a typical hospital discharge abstract to:

  • Flag potential health care quality problem areas that need further investigation;
  • Provide a quick check on primary care access or outpatient services in a community;
  • Help organizations identify unmet needs in their communities.

For more information about the Prevention Quality Indicators, download the Prevention Quality Indicators Brochure.

Prevention Quality Indicators Resources

To access prior versions of the PQI resources, visit the Archives page.

Quality Indicator Software

Visit the AHRQ QI Software Page for more information on the Quality Indicators SAS QI and WinQI software.

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