Checking the checkboxes: How to critically appraise performance measures


Workshop session 8: Saturday, 11:00-12:30

Workshop category: 

  • Quality improvement methods and performance measures


Date and Location


Saturday 16 September 2017 - 11:00 to 12:30


Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person:


Alan Drabkin
Brian Alper
Amir Qaseem
Target audience

Target audience: 

Clinicians, Physician administrators and,researchers with interest in critical appraisal methodology and quality improvement

Level of difficulty: 

Type of workshop

Type of workshop : 



1) Participants will learn four criteria for critical appraisal of a performance measure.
2) Participants will learn how to apply the criteria to evaluate a performance measure.
3) Participants will evaluate at least one performance measure using the methodology described.

Description: Performance measures are increasingly commonly used to evaluate the quality of clinical care, but reproducible criteria to assess appropriateness of performance measures have not been established. This workshop will introduce a methodology for critical appraisal of performance measures and provide the opportunity for active evaluation of at least one common performance measure using this methodology. A set of Criteria for Appropriateness will be presented together with instructions for their application. Participants will work in small groups to evaluate performance measures using appropriate background material (including original evidence reports, systematic reviews, and relevant organisational guidelines). Participants will share their findings with the large group to explore challenges, themes and suggestions generated by their analysis.

Introduction – 10 minutes
Small group Performance Measure evaluation - 45 minutes
Group discussion - 30 minutes
Conclusion - 5 minutes

All participants should bring a laptop (and those unable to do so may share)