Abstracts: August 10th, 2005

By Peter C. SmithThe collection and use of performance data in the UK health system has seen massive changes in the last 25 years. Performance measurement offers major potential benefits for clinical professionals, managers, regulators, politicians, researchers, patients and citizens. However, uncritical reliance on performance data can lead to a number of unintended and adverse consequences. This article summarizes the history of performance measurement in the NHS, assesses its effectiveness to date, discusses the major challenges in deploying performance measures, and highlights priorities for policy-makers.

Public Money & Management. Volume 25 Issue 4.

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