Journal article

Prioritizing patients for elective surgery - A prospective study of clinical priority assessment criteria in New Zealand

S Derrett, N Devlin, P Hansen, P Herbison

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT IN HEALTH CARE | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2003

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Many hospitals in New Zealand have been using clinical priority assessment criteria (CPAC) to select and prioritize patients for access to publicly funded elective surgery. CPAC usually consist of clinical, patient-experienced, and social measures. The objective of this study was to determine how robust patient rankings were and the extent to which the patients selected were those who benefited the most from surgery. METHODS: Patients prioritized for cataract (n = 101), prostate (n = 103), and hip or knee joint replacement (n = 137) surgery according to CPAC were assessed using the EQ-5D, SF-12, and condition-related patient-experienced health status measures before and after tre..

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