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International Library of Measures

The International Library of Measures contains 10 inpatient population-specific measure sets for acute medical and surgical hospitals. The Library includes a combination of 36 process and outcome measures.

The Accreditation Participation Requirement (APR) section of the new Joint Commission International Accreditation Standards for Hospitals, 5th edition, consists of specific requirements for participation in the accreditation process and for maintaining an accreditation award. The requirement APR.7 has been amended, effective 1 July 2015. 

APR.7 hospital participation requirement for the Library of Measures was changed from a mandatory requirement to a voluntary requirement. Many Joint Commission International (JCI) standards specify that organizations must collect data as part of their quality improvement system.  To comply with these standards, the organization’s leadership selects well-defined, evidence-based measures that are applicable to the organization’s patient populations and services.

The Joint Commission International Library of Measures provides uniform, precise specifications for the collection of data standardized to permit comparison over time within a hospital and for comparisons among hospitals. Organizations are encouraged, but not required, to use the Library measures to comply with APR.7.

Important Documents

International Library of Measures 1 July 2015 Requirement Details (PDF)

Index of Measure Codes and Descriptions (PDF)