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The Impact of Risk Management Standards on Patient Safety: The Determinants of MRSA Infections in Acute NHS Hospitals, 2001-08

Fenn, P, Gray, A, Rickman, N, Rivero-Arias, O and Vencappa, D (2012) The Impact of Risk Management Standards on Patient Safety: The Determinants of MRSA Infections in Acute NHS Hospitals, 2001-08 Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, pendin. ISSN 0305-9049

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Abstract

We study a key part of National Health Service (NHS) policy to ensure high-quality health care: failure to supply such care cost the NHS £787m in clinical negligence payouts during 2009–10. The NHS uses risk management standards to incentivize care, and we examine their effects on methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. Using a specially assembled data set, ourGMMresults suggest that improvements in the risk management standards attained by some hospitals are correlated with reductions in theirMRSA infection rates. Moreover, the exogeneity of this relationship cannot be rejected for higher risk management levels, suggesting attainment of higher standards was instrumental in reducing infection rates.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Economics and Law > Economics
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2012 11:09
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2014 01:40
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/430849

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