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Quality and Management Indicators in Healthcare

Code: IM2014_10     Acronym: IGQS

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Economics

Instance: 2022/2023 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Community Medicine, Information and Health Decision Sciences
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 11 Current Studies Plan 1 - 3 27 81

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
José Alberto da Silva Freitas
Francisco Nuno Rocha Gonçalves

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
Francisco Nuno Rocha Gonçalves 0,285
João Vasco Nunes dos Santos 0,142
José Alberto da Silva Freitas 0,428
Paulo Alexandre Azevedo Pereira Santos 0,142
Tutorial Supervision Totals 1 0,71
José Alberto da Silva Freitas 0,428
João Vasco Nunes dos Santos 0,14
Francisco Nuno Rocha Gonçalves 0,142
Others Totals 1 0,21
José Alberto da Silva Freitas 0,142
Francisco Nuno Rocha Gonçalves 0,068

Teaching language



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 without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 10,00
Trabalho escrito 90,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 13,00
Estudo autónomo 20,00
Frequência das aulas 14,00
Trabalho de investigação 34,00
Total: 81,00

Eligibility for exams

At least 50% on the group assignment.

Calculation formula of final grade

Distributed evaluation (10%): assessment of student in the teaching / learning process, considering their active participation during classes and their involvement in carrying out the exercises and proposed work;
Group assignments (with oral presentation) related to the subjects of the course (90%).
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