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From data to decisions? Exploring how healthcare payers respond to the NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare in England


  • Schang, Laura
  • Morton, Alec
  • DaSilva, Philip
  • Bevan, Gwyn


Although information on variations in health service performance is now more widely available, relatively little is known about how healthcare payers use this information to improve resource allocation. We explore to what extent and how Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) in England have used the NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare, which has highlighted small area variation in rates of expenditure, activity and outcome.

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  • Schang, Laura & Morton, Alec & DaSilva, Philip & Bevan, Gwyn, 2014. "From data to decisions? Exploring how healthcare payers respond to the NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare in England," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 114(1), pages 79-87.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:hepoli:v:114:y:2014:i:1:p:79-87
    DOI: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2013.04.014

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