National QUM Indicators for Australian Hospitals
Process indicators to measure quality use of medicines (QUM) in Australian Hospitals have now been updated and revised with funding support from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC). New discharge medication management and acute mental health indicators have been developed. A number of tools have also been developed to facilitate use of the indicators, including data collection tools for each indicator, detailed sampling guidance and matrices mapping the indicators against the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.
The indicators aim to test various aspects of the quality use of medicines including appropriateness, effectiveness and safety. Some indicators focus on clinical management of particular conditions; others evaluate continuity of care and medication management policies and can be applied to the management of any or all conditions. The indicators can be used by all types of hospitals across Australia to identify practice gaps and facilitate quality improvement.
Sections of the manual
Sections of the manual can be downloaded as follows:
- Using the National Quality Use of Medicines Indicators for Australian Hospitals
PDF ~ 1.2 MB | MS_Word ~ 997 KB
- Summary list of National QUM Indicators
PDF ~ 743 KB | MS_Word ~ 455 KB
- Individual indicators and their data collection tools from the following practice areas:
- Data collection tool user guide
PDF ~ 1.7 MB | MS_Word ~ 1.8 MB
This work is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for Australian quality improvement, study or training purposes subject to:
- the inclusion of an acknowledgement of the source
- indicators being reproduced without variation from the original
Requests and inquiries concerning reproduction and rights for purposes other than those indicated above requires the written permission of either:
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and NSW Therapeutic Advisory Group Inc. (2014), National Quality Use of Medicine Indicators for Australian Hospitals. ACSQHC, Sydney.
Archived Indicator Documents
Please contact the NSW TAG office if you require older versions of the indicators (2007, 1998 and 1997).