The King's Fund

Variations in health care

  • Format: Printed copy
  • Author(s): Francesca Frosini, Gwyn Bevan, Haiyan Gao, John Appleby, Tom Lyscom, Veena Raleigh
  • Publication date: 04-Apr-2011

Variations in health care in the NHS are a persistent and ubiquitous problem. But which variations are acceptable or warranted – for example, variations driven by clinical need and informed patient choice – and which are not? The important question is how to promote ‘good’ variation and minimise ‘bad’ variation.

Variations in health care: The good, the bad and the inexplicable explores the possible causes of variation, shows the different ways in which variations can be measured, and analyses variations by PCT in rates of elective hospital admissions for selected procedures.