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Revolution, evolution, or status quo? Guidelines for Efficiency Measurement in Health Care.

Hollingsworth, Bruce (2012) Revolution, evolution, or status quo? Guidelines for Efficiency Measurement in Health Care. Journal of Productivity Analysis, 37 (1). pp. 1-5. ISSN 0895-562X

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Abstract

This paper discusses ways forward in terms of making efficiency measurement in the area of health care more useful. Options are discussed in terms of the potential introduction of guidelines for the undertaking of studies in this area, in order to make them more useful to policy makers and those involved in service delivery. The process of introducing such guidelines is discussed using the example of the development of guidelines in economic evaluation of health technologies. This presents two alternative ways forward—‘revolution’, the establishment of a panel to establish initial guidelines, or ‘evolution’—the more gradual development of such guidelines over time. The third alternative of ‘status quo’, representing the current state of play, is seen as the base case scenario. It is concluded that although we are quite a way on in terms of techniques and publications, perhaps revolution, followed by evolution is the way forward.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Productivity Analysis
Uncontrolled Keywords: Efficiency measurement ; Guidelines ; Health care ; Methods
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 55189
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 19 Jun 2012 14:09
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2013 10:09
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55189

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