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Measuring Efficiency in Health Care

Measuring Efficiency in Health Care
Analytic Techniques and Health Policy

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  • Date Published: June 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521851442

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  • With the healthcare sector accounting for a sizeable proportion of national expenditures, the pursuit of efficiency has become a central objective of policymakers within most health systems. However, the analysis and measurement of efficiency is a complex undertaking, not least due to the multiple objectives of health care organizations and the many gaps in information systems. In response to this complexity, research in organizational efficiency analysis has flourished. This 2006 book examines some of the most important techniques currently available to measure the efficiency of systems and organizations, including data envelopment analysis and stochastic frontier analysis, and also presents some promising new methodological approaches. Such techniques offer the prospect of many new and fruitful insights into health care performance. Nevertheless, they also pose many practical and methodological challenges. This is an important critical assessment of the strengths and limitations of efficiency analysis applied to health and health care.

    • Examines the relevance of efficiency analysis to health care
    • Offers a constructive but critical perspective, often lacking in many efficiency analysis texts
    • Examines the implications for policy of using efficiency models
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This text does an admirable job of addressing this challenging topic. The book is well written and easy to follow. All statistical models are presented in a nontechnical manner. Thus, the book can serve as an excellent introduction to the topic for interested statisticians, economists, or health policy experts."
    Linnea A. Polgreen, University of Iowa for The American Statistician

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521851442
    • length: 262 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 154 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • contains: 42 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Efficiency in health care
    2. The components of an efficiency model
    3. Stochastic frontier analysis of cross-sectional data
    4. Stochastic frontier analysis of panel data
    5. Data envelopment analysis
    6. The Malmquist Index
    7. A comparison of SFA and DEA
    8. Unresolved issues and challenges in efficiency measurement
    9. Some alternative approaches to measuring performance
    10. Conclusions
    Author index
    Subject index

  • Authors

    Rowena Jacobs, Centre for Health Economics, University of York
    Rowena Jacobs is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Economics, University of York.

    Peter C. Smith, University of York
    Peter C. Smith is Professor of Economics at the University of York.

    Andrew Street, University of York
    Andrew Street is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Economics, University of York.

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