Elizabeth Townsend


Criteria Mapping


Criteria mapping is a method of quality assessment developed in the 1970s and used to judge the quality of care in hospitals. It is based on retrospective chart audit using prespecified explicit criteria arranged in algorithms. Because it considers only the criteria that are relevant to the case, it yields a better measure of quality than the criteria list method of explicit chart review. Criteria mapping lends itself readily to the program evaluation field because it can be program based instead of diagnosis based and collects both process and outcome data, The method is currently used mainly in hospitals, but it is applicable to any field that relies on a standardized case-based record.