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The National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™ (NQMC), sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides the following resources to NQMC users.

CD-ROM Tutorial

The NQMC CD-ROM Tutorial walks you through a series of informative demonstrations and scenarios on using the NQMC.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Answers to a number of questions received from NQMC users can be found in the NQMC FAQ.


The NQMC Glossary provides clarifying definitions and examples of terms used to describe common properties of health care quality measures used in the NQMC structured abstracts (summaries).

Measure Hierarchy

NQMC captures information that enables users to view groups of measures within their organizational context. For more details on the various levels and development of the hierarchy, visit the Measure Hierarchy page.

Measure Validity

The NQMC Complete Measure Summary captures key building blocks that you can use to assess the validity of a measure for your purpose. Visit the Measure Validity page.

Naming Measures

Measures that are submitted and accepted into NQMC are renamed to standardize the style and format of measure titles across organizations. NQMC has developed naming conventions for each domain of measurement represented on the Web site (i.e., Access, Outcome, Patient Experience, Process, and Structure). To learn more about NQMC's naming conventions, visit the Naming Measures page.

Related Links

Links to resources such as the U.S. National Library of Medicine's (NLM) PubMed and the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) are provided. See the Related Links page to find out more about these related sites.

RSS Feeds

The RSS Feeds resource provides Web developers with RSS Feeds of the entire inventory of NQMC content. Using this resource, Web developers can easily incorporate headline information from our Web sites and navigate back to our sites for detailed summaries and other features.

Search Forms

The Search Forms resource offers Web developers the ability to create their own unique search interfaces with the NQMC Web site.

Selecting Measures and Using Measures

NQMC provides material on how to use, select, apply, and interpret a measure. Resources have been selected not only from the peer-reviewed journal literature, but also from non-journal sources. Visit the Using Measures and the Selecting Measures pages to find out more.

Site Features

The NQMC Web site offers features such as an electronic discussion list forum, a subscription management update service, and the ability to download Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs). Visit the Site Features page for more information.

Technical Specifications

For technical information about the site, refer to the Technical Specifications page.


Your suggestions for NQMC Resources are welcome. Send e-mail to info@qualitymeasures.ahrq.gov.