The King's Fund

Measuring NHS Success

  • Format: Printed copy
  • Author(s): John Appleby, Nancy Devlin
  • Publication date: 01-Jan-2005

In recent decades, medical care has adopted a more patient-centred approach. But although increasing attention is now paid to patients' health-related quality of life, the NHS does not measure this on a regular basis. This research, commissioned by the Dr Foster Ethics Committee, finds that routinely measuring patients' health outcomes, through patient questionnaires, would help the health service evaluate its work more clearly. It looks at the cost of implementing such a system and asks whether it would be cost-effective in the long run.