About the LPZ

About the LPZ

The National Prevalence Measurement of Quality of Care (LPZ) is an appropriate instrument for measuring the quality of care. All healthcare institutions, both intramural and extramural, can register for participation in the LPZ.

The LPZ is an annual, independent measurement of the quality of care in the Dutch healthcare sector. Since 1998, the prevalence of pressure ulcers has been measured annually in a large number of institutions. Since 2004 the measurement was extended to other care problems, namely incontinence, malnutrition, intertrigo, falls, physical restraints, chronic wounds, and pain.
In a relatively simple and quick manner, the measurement supplies participating institutions with insight into the quality of care provided in their institution. Insight into the extent of care problems can prompt institutions and policymakers to take necessary measures such as preventative screening for the care problems, prevention and reduction. Insight into prevention and treatment means that specific measures can be taken to improve the care required to tackle these problems. Moreover, the large scale and scope of the measurement enables the participating institutions to compare themselves with similar institutions and departments and the data can be used as a benchmarking instrument.

What the measurement means for your institution

Participation in the LPZ measurement means:

  1. You are supplied with your own login code which provides access to all the information and documents you need for the measurement.
  2. You are invited to attend an instructional meeting where you receive information about the annual measurement.
  3. The results of the measurement are presented in a dashboard which can be accessed by all participants using their login code.
  4. The national results will also be presented in the dashboard, enabling you to compare your results at the national level.
  1. You are provided with:
    • data on the prevalence of care problems
    • national data on the prevalence of care problems, enabling you to compare data from your own institution with data from comparable institutions
    • data on the prevention and treatment of various care problems, at both department and institution level
    • national data on the prevention and treatment of care problems, enabling you to compare data from your own institution with data from comparable institutions
    • the research group ensures that the data is analysed

Use the LPZ within your institution?