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Quality and Management Indicators in Healthcare

Code: IM2014_10     Acronym: IGQS

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Economics

Instance: 2014/2015 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Health Information and Decision Sciences Department
Course/CS Responsible: Master Programme in Medical Informatics

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MIM 13 Current Studies Plan 1 - 3 27 81

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 1,00
Tutorial Supervision: 0,71
Others: 0,21
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 1,00
José Alberto da Silva Freitas 0,50
Francisco Nuno Rocha Gonçalves 0,50
Maria Isabel de Sousa Garcia Lema 0,00
Tutorial Supervision Totals 1 0,71
Francisco Nuno Rocha Gonçalves 0,35
José Alberto da Silva Freitas 0,36
Others Totals 1 0,21
Francisco Nuno Rocha Gonçalves 0,10
José Alberto da Silva Freitas 0,11

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


This curricular unit will discuss topics related to the definition and use of indicators, and also concepts of Health Economics. 

Learning outcomes and competences

This unit aims to empower students with the necessary knowledge and skills to understand the importance of indicators for health management, define and implement performance and quality indicators, identify key indicators at the various levels of health care, be familiar with tools for performance and quality measurement in healthcare, understand the mechanisms for hospital financing, understand relevant concepts in Health Economics, be able to demonstrate the application of methods for economic analysis in the area of health, know the main methods of health economics evaluation, know how to apply theoretical knowledge to practical cases.

Working method



Health Economics: what is it? what is it for? Introductory concepts

Health in the Information Age

Supply and demand in health

Health in Portugal and the role of the State

Concepts of healthcare quality

Quality and performance indicators in health management

Quality indicators in primary and secondary care

Hospitals funding: indicators and pay-for-performance  contratcts

Comparison of health systems

Techniques for the economic evaluation of health technologies

Discussion of economic evaluation cases

Mandatory literature

Pedro Pita Barros; . Economia da Saúde - Conceitos e Comportamentos, 2ª edição, Edições Almedina, 2009
A. Green, Mary Jo Bowie; Essentials of Health Information Management: Principles and Practices Michelle , Cengage Learning, 2010

Teaching methods and learning activities

Online platform with syllabus content.

Theoretical lectures, seminars and practical lessons, with topic discussion (including examples in health), individual and group exercises, and hands-on training on medical scenarios.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 50,00
Trabalho escrito 50,00
Total: 100,00

Calculation formula of final grade

Evaluation will be based on group assignments and final exam.
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