While a health outcomes approach has the potential to improve the health status of Australians as well as health service efficiency, such a policy will be successful only if practice at the local level follows suit. This paper briefly reviews the health outcomes approach and describes how the Central Sydney Area Health Service has established a Needs Assessment & Health Outcomes Unit to help improve health outcomes. The paper discusses issues in working with population health outcomes at the local level, such as the usefulness and limitations of routinely collected data for planning and managing health services, problems of small area data, gaps in the documentation of national health goals and targets, problems of attribution of improved outcomes to specific interventions, and definition of responsibilities for action at the local level. It offers some potential solutions relevant at the local level.
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Australian health review : a publication of the Australian Hospital Association|
|Publication status||Published - 1996|