Screening for important unwarranted variation in clinical practice: a triple-test of processes of care, costs and patient outcomes
Andrew Partington from the School of Public Health, University of Adelaide talks about his paper which won the HSRAANZ Best Quantitative Paper Award .
Quality improvement initiatives in healthcare are not trivial pursuits. They require resources and engagement with clinicians and front line staff. Policy levers are needed to prioritise initiatives with the greatest ‘bang for buck’ to reduce the risk of seemingly ‘inefficient policy’ being scrapped.
Andrew’s paper presents a case study of a practicable approach to using routinely collected data to compare risk-adjusted costs, outcomes and processes across providers and patient sub-groups. Such analyses improve on the use of singular, non-adjusted measures of performance to identify priority areas for non-trivial investments in time and financial resources to improve service quality.Read more →