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Rationing in health care
The theory and practice of priority setting

Iestyn Williams, Suzanne Robinson, Helen Dickinson
Paperback, 176 pages, 240 x 172 mm
Other formats available
19 Oct 2011


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North America customers can order this book here from the University of Chicago Press.

"This book is timely..the authors are seeking to offer support to those working in health care with responsibility for priority setting."
David J Hunter, Journal of Social Policy
"Cometh the hour, cometh the book: with brilliant timing this authoritative and accessible guide to the theory and practice of priority setting comes just as the NHS is entering its fiscal ice age."
Rudolf Klein, Visiting Professor, LSE
"This book provides critical insight into managing scarce resources in the health system and will serve as a key addition to the manager's toolbox."
Craig Mitton, Associate Professor, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia and Senior Scientist, Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation

About This Book

The challenges faced by those rationing scarce health care resources have intensified following the economic downturn. This book tackles this challenge by exploring the latest thinking and practice on priority setting methods. In an accessible style the book brings together theories, practice and evidence from a wide range of disciplines and provides practical, evidence-based prescriptions for decision makers. It will be of interest to all health care managers and students of health care policy and management.

Author Biography

Iestyn Williams is a Lecturer at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham and specialises in priority setting and rationing in health care. Suzanne Robinson is a Lecturer at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham with expertise in health economics and rationing. Helen Dickinson is a Lecturer at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham and is a leading commentator in the areas of rationing, leadership and interagency collaboration.


Foreword by Chris Ham
The ethics of priority setting
Public participation in priority setting
Priority setting and economic evaluation
Multi criteria decision analysis and priority setting processes
The politics of priority setting
Leadership in priority setting
Disinvestment as a priority setting case study
Conclusions and key lessons.


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