Discussion Paper 11

Measurement of the Quality of Medical Treatment: an Application to Cataract Surgery

Martin Weale

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), London

 

Abstract

This paper discusses conceptual issues in the measurement of quality improvement in the provision of cataract surgery. It develops an indicator of quality improvement related to the change in the eyesight of patients resulting from surgery.  Using two studies of the effects of cataract surgery in England, from 1997-8 and 2001-6 it is possible to estimate how the 1997-8 patients would have benefited had they been treated in 2001-6. This points to an improvement of 7% in the quality of cataract surgery.

 

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 Measurement of the Quality of Medical Treatment: an Application to Cataract Surgery

 

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