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

Xianping Tang, Song Ge, Chenjuan Ma, Xuemei Chen, Yaolin Pei, Lanshu Zhou, Bei Wu

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

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-179
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Transcultural Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2021


  • China
  • assessment
  • home care
  • quality indicator
  • quality of care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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