IQM’s methodology for improving quality of care is based on three principles, which IQM members voluntarily commit to uphold:
IQM member hospitals commit to measuring the quality of their medical outcomes, which is then presented both internally and externally in a transparent manner. The results are communicated within the hospitals so that staff can identify areas for improvement. By publishing the quality scores on their own website, hospitals signal their willingness to deal openly with both positive and negative results.
During IQM peer reviews, member hospitals engage in a procedure whereby interdisciplinary and inter-professional teams meet as equals to discuss potential for optimisation in the respective hospital.
Experts from member hospitals and the scientific community meet in working groups and committees to develop and improve the IQM methodology.