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Atlas of variation: an updated resource to address unwarranted variation in healthcare
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The second issue of the has been published by the as part of the (Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention) programme.
The aim of the Atlas is to reduce unwarranted variation in healthcare, increase value for money and improve quality of care.
Commissioners should use the Atlas to identify any variations in their local area and take actions to reduce unwarranted variation within their locality, or between their locality and other areas of the country.
The maps are not intended to be used as targets or performance tables but rather to highlight variation and support local discussion and decisions, and to help commissioners learn from each other.
Commissioners should consider the appropriateness of services and investigate when clinical health outcomes are not reflecting the financial investment that has been made.
The includes 71 maps which highlight the amount each Primary Care Trust spends on clinical services and link it with the health outcomes patients see .
While variation occurs naturally in the NHS and is encouraged where NHS services are tailored to meet local needs, the Atlas aims to support commissioners to expose unwarranted variation and help the NHS provide consistently high quality care for patients.
Unwarranted variation has been defined as âvariation in the utilization of health care services that cannot be explained by variation in patient illness or patient preferences.â
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