Beyond Targets: Measuring Better and Rebuilding Trust: Comment on "Gaming New Zealand's Emergency Department Target: How and Why Did It Vary Over Time and Between Organisations?".

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Date: Apr. 2021
Publisher: Kerman University of Medical Sciences
Document Type: Article
Length: 2,956 words
Lexile Measure: 1690L

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Abstract :

Tenbensel and colleagues identify that a target for emergency department (ED) stays in New Zealand met with gaming in response from local hospitals. The result is in line with studies in other jurisdictions. The enthusiasm for targets and tight performance measurement in some health systems reflects a lack of trust in professionals to do the right thing for altruistic reasons. However such measurement systems have failed to address this loss of trust and may, ironically, have worsened the situation. A more promising approach for both improving performance and restoring trust may depend upon collaboration and partnership between consumers, local providers, and central agencies in agreeing and tracking appropriate local responses to high level national goals rather than imposing tight, and potentially misleading measures from the centre. Keywords: Targets, Gaming, Performance Measurement, Performance Improvement

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A656011785