The key research questions informing this programme are:
- What priority setting activities are being utilised in the commissioning processes of English PCT's?
- How is the range of priority setting activities being operationalised in practice? i.e. to what degree do these demonstrate:
- Validity of priority setting processes (does it do what is intended?)
- Validity of priority setting tools.
- Acceptability of priority setting activities to a range of stakeholders?
- Do these activities impact on patterns of service?
In order to address these research questions a three-stage process has been designed which includes: a national survey of PCTs; a series of in-depth case studies; and an expert event to draw together learning and produce practical and transferable lessons pertaining to the processes of priority setting activities.
Findings from this work have been discussed in a number of academic and practioner based publications, including the following:
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Researchers: Suzanne Robinson, Helen Dickinson, Dr Iestyn Williams, Dr Tim Freeman (Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham), Benedict Rumbold (The Nuffield Trust).