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|Title: ||Economic and Financial Information for Hospital Decision-Makers in Portugal: Economic and Clinical Rationality|
|Authors: ||Ventura, José Biléu|
Assunção, João Pedro
|Keywords: ||Hospital Management|
Economic and financial information
|Issue Date: ||Aug-2018|
|Publisher: ||Portuguese Journal of Public Health|
|Abstract: ||Objectives: In this paper we present the state of the art of the
research on the importance of the economic and financial information
for hospital decion-makers, which we have begun to develop
in a research project. Our objective is to evaluate the use of
economic and financial information in the decision making process
of health professionals and the compatibility of economic rationality
with clinical rationality, in the Portuguese hospital context.
Methods: As far as methodology is concerned structured questionnaires,
integrated into a wider-ranging interviewing process,
will be applied. First, we have selected Hospitals in three district
capitals in the South of country, namely in Beja, Évora and Portalegre.
In particular, we have chosen the same clinical service in
each of them to carry out the analysis. Subsequently, we intend to
extend the study to other hospitals in other regions of the country.
Results: Although we still have no results, we expect that the
results of this research will contribute on three levels: to the academic
research community in general, and in Portugal in particular;
to raise the professional community’s awareness of the use of
financial information in its activity; and to help policy makers redefine
the processes of communication of financial information in
the Portuguese health sector.
Conclusions: Our conclusions are related to the need to control
of public expenditure on professionals, medicines, medical devices,
complementary diagnostic and therapeutic resources, equipment
and consumables, in particular in the health services. This
issue has come to take on increasing importance in the concerns
of the entire Health Portuguese System management structure.
This structure has sought to sensitize the main executors of health
policy – its professionals, physicians, nurses and diagnostic and
therapeutic technicians – to the need to consider, in their actions
and decisions, not only the expected benefits but also the expenses
associated with them, considering that there are, almost always,
different treatment options with similar effectiveness.|
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