Do English NHS waiting time targets distort treatment priorities in orthopaedic surgery?
John Appleby, Seán Boyle, Nancy Devlin, Mike Harley, Anthony Harrison, Ruth Thorlby
Journal of Health Services Research & Policy | Published : 2005
OBJECTIVES: To assess and quantify the impact of guarantees on maximum waiting times on clinical decisions to admit patients from waiting lists for orthopaedic surgery. METHODS: Before and after comparative study, analysing changes in waiting times distributions between 1997/8 and 2001/2 for waiting list and booked inpatients and day cases admitted for elective treatments in trauma and orthopaedics in English hospitals. RESULTS: The 2001/2 maximum waiting time target of 15 months did change the pattern of admissions for trauma and orthopaedic elective inpatients, with a net increase in admissions in that year, compared with 1997/8 (and over and above the 30,259 (7.6%) overall increase in all..View full abstract