Glossary of Terms

The following definitions can help you to better understand the information on our Quality Matters pages:

Accreditation: determination by an accrediting organization, such as The Joint Commission, that a hospital meets certain national standards that lead to quality care.

Best practices: practices that have been determined to be most effective by a majority of professionals in a particular field.

Board certification: Board certification demonstrates a physician’s exceptional expertise in a particular specialty and/or subspecialty of medical practice. At LMH, all physicians must be board certified or board eligible, which means the physician is qualified to continue the pursuit of certification.

Clinical practice guidelines: guidelines that have been identified by experts to be the most effective in treating a specific symptom or condition.

Credential: a verification of a practitioner’s medical license, education, training, experience and current competence.

Evidence-based guidelines: guidelines that have been developed based on scientific evidence and are consistent with current professional knowledge.

Health care quality: doing the right thing, at the right time, for the right person, and getting the best possible health outcome.

Privilege: granting a practitioner permission to treat specific medical conditions or perform specific procedures. Clinical privileges are granted based on the practitioner’s training, experience and current competence.

Quality indicator: an indirect measure of quality that provides a perspective on hospital quality of care, or an aspect of care that serves as a proxy for quality (e.g. mortality, length of stay, over utilization).

Quality measure: A measure is based on scientific evidence and can reflect guidelines, standards of care or practice parameters. A quality measure converts medical information from patient records into a rate or percentage that allows you to assess quality performance.