HSJ Data Briefing - Potentially overused elective treatments Data Briefing July 2011

There have been numerous reports, papers and articles published discussing the commissioning of or reduction in commissioning of treatments of 'low clinical value' or 'low priority' as well as the definitions of such lists; for example, Save to invest - Commissioning for equity (London Health Observatory, 2007); Reducing spending on low clinical value treatments (Audit Commission, 2011). A common theme of these reports is the variation in the application of these lists across the country. This month's Performance Healthcheck provides an example analysis of 10 elective treatments that sometimes feature on these lists and the variations that appear across PCTs and nationally over time.

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