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Monitoring change in health care through statistical process control methods

 

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Monitoring change in health care through statistical process control methods

This report from Nuffield Trust outlines how the ability to detect real change in the way care is being delivered will be critical as the NHS faces financial challenges.

Using information in the right way will be especially important if managers and policy-makers are to make the right decisions about the effects that new models of care are having. The family of approaches known as statistical process control (SPC) have been widely used for monitoring outcomes in industry and have gained acceptance in many health care settings. This report describes three different SPC methods which are relatively uncommon as a means for monitoring change across health systems.