Choosing the place of care: the effect of patient choice on treatment location in England, 2003-11: research report

KELLY Elaine, TETLOW Gemma
Nuffield Trust
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The aim of this research was to examine the extent to which patients or their referring doctors have been choosing different locations of care since 2006. It focuses on changes in location of NHS care and treatment following the introduction of choice for patients over where they attended a first outpatient appointment and the growth in the number and capacity of independent sector treatment centres (which are privately owned but treat NHS-funded patients). The report draws on data from the Hospital Episode Statistics for England covering care provided by NHS hospitals and care received by NHS-funded hospital patients treated elsewhere. It presents and discusses data on changes in the location of outpatient treatment, changes in the location of inpatient treatment, and how the referral patterns of GP practices have changed. It concludes that the policies are resulting in a change in the flow of patients.

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hospitals, NHS, patients, private sector, referral, treatment, therapy and treatment, choice, doctors, health care;
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