Eradicate variations in health care, experts say

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 02 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5075
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    The NHS should work to reduce unexplained variations in health care to generate cost savings, experts concluded at the King’s Fund annual conference in London this week.

    The NHS has had a decade of growth, but the current cold financial climate means that there will inevitably be a reduction in funding over the next 10 years. The conference, Transforming Quality, Creating Value: Developing Health Care for a New Economic Era, examined solutions for coping with reduced funding at a time of increasing demand.

    Mark Jennings, director of healthcare improvement at the King’s Fund, told delegates: “If we reduce variations in health care we can reduce costs and increase quality.” Quoting John Wennberg, director of the Center for Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth Medical School, he said: “Variations in care …

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