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Identifying which commissioning processes produce successful outcomes
Lead: Alicia O'Cathain
University of Sheffield
This study aims to assess whether the commissioning initiatives established as part of the health reforms are producing their expected outcomes.

The study is focusing on identifying the key factors that lead to effective commissioning for three conditions: diabetes; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; and coronary heart disease.

It will identify the commissioning initiatives undertaken in all 152 PCTs in England for these three conditions and study whether they have resulted in changes over time in health, health inequalities, and service utilisation (e.g. rate of hospital admissions) compared with PCTs that have not undertaken intiatives in these three conditions. The research will also assess the short term cost-effectiveness of commissioning initiatives.

Last updated: 13 August 2013
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