Women's Healthcare Quality Assessment

The Women's Healthcare Quality Assessment (WHQA) provides researchers and clinicians and their administrators access to primary care data-collection tools designed and validated to evaluate women's healthcare quality.

Why Assess the Quality of Women's Healthcare?

  • Women make more healthcare visits than men and are the majority of patients at most primary care centers.
  • Women's primary care use patterns are more complex because they are fragmented into reproductive and general health issues.
  • Women use several different types of providers.

Studies of women's health care utilization and quality of care have documented both the unique and complex health care needs women face, as well as the distinct qualities of health care experiences that women value. This growing emphasis on women's health research and improving health services for women has created the demand for new measurement tools that recognize the complexity of issues specific to women.


Roger T. Anderson, PhD
Associate Director, Population Sciences, Co-Leader for Cancer Control and Population Health Research
University of Virginia Health System

Advisory Board

Carol S. Weisman, PhD
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Distinguished Professor
Public Health Sciences and Gynecology
Penn State College of Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA

Sarah Hudson Scholle, Dr.PH
Assistant Vice President for Research and Analysis
National Committee for Quality Assurance, Washington DC

Claudine Legault, PhD
Professor Emeritus
Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Biostatistical Sciences
Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC