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Loss of population data sources when health systems are not responsible for geographically defined populations: Implications of the Health and Social Care Act of 2012 in England

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Allyson PollockORCiD


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Biomedical health services and health systems research require timely, complete, accurate and accessible data relating to geographical populations in order to facilitate needs assessment and planning of medical care, new medicines and technology. The international trend towards competition and privatisation has largely proceeded as if data generation were immune to market fragmentation and loss of universal coverage. By examining recent reforms to the English National Health Service, the authors show that this is not the case. Routine and population data are products of administrative systems and the nature, completeness and quality of data available to clinical and public health researchers are substantially impaired by market reforms.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Pollock AM, Price D

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Evidence-Based Medicine

Year: 2014

Volume: 19

Issue: 1

Pages: 4-5

Print publication date: 01/02/2014

Online publication date: 22/01/2014

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

ISSN (print): 1356-5524

ISSN (electronic): 1473-6810

Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group

DOI: 10.1136/eb-2013-101287

PubMed id: 23645887