Sherlaw-Johnson, C. et al. Nuffield Trust. Published online: 1 November 2016
This report describes the results of some pilot analysis to ascertain the usefulness of using this approach, using a few indicators that were mainly derived from acute emergency hospital use. The aims were to test out ways of using data to identify potential success; to understand the challenges of attributing data findings to real-world activity; to judge the feasibility of extending into wider work; and to inform what this wider work should look like.
This study shows that there is scope for using more sophisticated analytical methods for identifying improvements in care quality, and that they have advantages in improving specificity and as continuous monitoring tools. This may be particularly true at the local level, or even at a lower level, such as individual GP practices. While we applied these techniques retrospectively, there are likely to be advantages in using these methods for prospective monitoring and evaluation.
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