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Comparing Radiotherapy Patient Flows in England and Italy

Gandy, RJ and Audisio, RA and Franci, A and Gurrieri, C and Maurizi, F Comparing Radiotherapy Patient Flows in England and Italy. British Journal of Health Care Management. ISSN 1358-0574 (Accepted)

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Abstract

Research into radiotherapy patient flows in England and Italy investigated the degree of self-sufficiency in related service areas across each country. The respective results showed very different patterns, with there apparently being greater patient flow and less self-sufficiency for services in Italy, compared to England. However, close inspection suggested the results were not strictly comparable, despite the data, methodology and analyses being similar and entirely fitting in both cases. The respective studies were consequently compared for a range of criteria: how radiotherapy services are commissioned and provided; cultural expectations; base area definitions; data used; analyses undertaken; and research results. It was found that direct comparisons could not necessarily be drawn because cultural, conceptual, organisational and systemic factors in the delivery of services within each country influenced the results. Therefore, such factors should be taken into account when comparing health services in different countries, particularly in respect of patient flows and service self-sufficiency.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Liverpool Business School
Publisher: Mark Allen Group
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2017 10:52
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2017 10:52
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7182

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