Feature Briefing

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

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8329 (Published 10 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8329

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

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. http://www.personalhealthbudgets.dh.gov.uk/_library/Resources/Personalhe...
2) Personal health budgets to be rolled out. London: Department of Health. November 2012. http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/2012/11/phb/

Competing interests: No competing interests
18 December 2012
Felix Greaves
Public Health Registrar
Christopher Millett
Imperial College London
Reynolds Building, Charing Cross Hospital,London
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