Evaluating the Quality of Home Care in China Using the Home Care Quality Assessment Tool.

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This study aimed to evaluate the quality of home care in China using the Home Care Quality Assessment Tool (HCQuAT).


We recruited 38 home health agencies in Shanghai, China, which included 18 in urban areas, 11 in suburban areas, and nine in rural areas. Data on quality of home care from each agency were collected by trained staff using the HCQuAT.


On average, these home health agencies scored 74.28/100.00 (SD = 6.80) on the HCQuAT, with an excellence rate of 39.5% and a failing rate of 23.7%. The mean scores on the structure quality module, process quality module, and outcome quality module were 71.2 ± 21.8, 86.6 ± 9.2, and 44.1 ± 37.5, respectively. Significant differences existed across geographic locations (p = .018).


Significant variations were identified in the quality of home care across quality modules and geographic locations. Outcome quality and quality in rural areas were lower than those for their counterparts.

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Cited Authors

  • Tang, X; Ge, S; Ma, C; Chen, X; Pei, Y; Zhou, L; Wu, B

Published Date

  • March 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 173 - 179

PubMed ID

  • 32851927

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-7832

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1043-6596

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1043659620953191


  • eng