Re: Personal health budgets: surplus of cash or deficit of ideas?

18 December 2012

According to the recent evaluation, personal health budgets were associated with improved quality of life and psychological well-being (with 90% confidence). (1) As a result of this evaluation, this intervention is being rolled out nationally. (2)

Seeing as mortality was 8.7% in the personal health budget group and 6.6% in the control group (p = 0.109), it’s lucky they didn’t use an 89% confidence to assess significance. Otherwise they would have found that personal health budgets increase mortality too.

1) Forder J, Jones K, Glendinning C et al. Evaluation of the personal health budget pilot programme. PSSRU discussion paper. November 2012.
2) Personal health budgets to be rolled out. London: Department of Health. November 2012.

Competing interests: None declared

Felix Greaves, Public Health Registrar

Christopher Millett

Imperial College London, Reynolds Building, Charing Cross Hospital,London

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