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Bottom-up priority setting revised: a second evaluation of an institutional intervention in a Swedish health care organisation
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health. Västerbotten County Council, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: Health Policy, ISSN 0168-8510, E-ISSN 1872-6054, Vol. 119, no 9, 1226-1236 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Transparent priority setting in health care based on specific ethical principles is requested by the Swedish Parliament since 1997. Implementation has been limited. In this case, transparent priority setting was performed for a second time round and engaged an entire health care organisation. Aims: Objectives were to refine a bottom-up priority setting process, reach a political decision on service limits to make reallocation towards higher prioritised services possible, and raise systems knowledge. Methods: An action research approach was chosen. The national model for priority setting was used with addition of dimensions costs, volumes, gender distribution and feasibility. The intervention included a three step process and specific procedures for each step which were created, revised and evaluated regarding factual and functional aspects. Evaluations methods included analyses of documents, recordings and surveys. Results: Vertical and horizontal priority setting occurred and resources were reallocated. Participants' attitudes remained positive, however less so than in the first priority setting round. Identifying low-priority services was perceived difficult, causing resentment and strategic behaviour. The horizontal stage served to raise quality of the knowledge base, level out differences in ranking of services and raise systems knowledge. Conclusions: Existing health care management systems do not meet institutional requirements for transparent priority setting. Introducing transparent priority setting constitutes a complex institutional reform, which needs to be driven by management/administration. Strong managerial commitment is required.

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Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 119, no 9, 1226-1236 p.
Keyword [en]
Priority setting, Reallocation, Management, Institution, LBECQ AL, 1971, JOURNAL OF APPLIED BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE, V7, P466 ell A., 2007, Vem styr varden? Organisation och politisk styrning inom svensk sjukvardWho manages alth care? Organisation and political management within Swedish health care, P78
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Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-109930DOI: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2015.02.003ISI: 000361403000010PubMedID: 25724824OAI: diva2:860944
Available from: 2015-10-14 Created: 2015-10-09 Last updated: 2015-10-14Bibliographically approved

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