Carefully done research on small numbers in a few settings will not be enough to guide practical implementation of process redesign.
Many aspects of health care access, delivery, and cost have improved as a result of concerted measurement efforts. That’s the point . . . to really show improvement, we must know a starting point and then measure change over time.
Taking a look at three research projects aimed at developing something that may improve end of life care for both the patient and the family.
While hospice provides a good model of care for the cancer patients it was originally designed to serve, it does not deliver efficiently or comprehensively what the majority of us will need.
The core of health care now is the support of persons living with chronic conditions. Building a care system that can meet this new need requires more than tinkering with some bandages.
Senior Fellow for Health and Economics, National Federation of Independent Business Research Foundation
Health Economist, London School of Economics
Vice President and Director, Altarum Center for Sustainable Health Spending