Allocating resources to health authorities: development of method for small area analysis of use of inpatient services

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 22 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1050
  1. P Smith,
  2. T A Sheldon,
  3. R A Carr-Hill,
  4. S Martin,
  5. S Peacock,
  6. G Hardman
  1. Correspondence to: Mr Smith
  • Accepted 18 April 1994

A study designed to identify the principal determinants of use of inpatient facilities in NHS hospitals in England used the data and methods outlined in the previous paper. The models for the psychiatric sector contains mortality, self reported morbidity, and social variables indicating deprivation and the level of care at home. The non-acute model contsins mortality and several socioeconomic variables. The models lay less weight on age than the current formula, and a national formula based on these models would, in the acute sector, redistribute resources to poorer areas compared with the current formula.

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