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What patients want: using focus groups to discover concerns about general anesthesia

Cornelius, Bryant W (2014) What patients want: using focus groups to discover concerns about general anesthesia. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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The landscape of health care in the United States is in the process of dramatic change. This transformation is being instituted in an attempt to address two major dilemmas of public health significance; namely, the burgeoning cost of care and the need for quality-driven care. The Affordable Care Act has mandated that a reimbursement strategy entitled Value Based Purchasing be implemented as a means of solving these two problems. Value Based Purchasing will help healthcare institutions and providers focus on delivering quality treatment to their patients and to address their patient’s individual needs and concerns. It will, by withholding payments from non-compliant participants, save the federal government billions of dollars in the next decade. Commercial insurance companies are also implementing Value Based Purchasing as a method of saving money and providing better quality care. Focus groups have often been used to glean valuable qualitative research data from target audiences. Two focus groups were conducted at the University of Pittsburgh in which the needs and concerns of patients who had previously undergone general anesthesia were explored. In this essay, the results of participants’ responses are analyzed and then applied to the reimbursement requirements of Value Based Purchasing.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Cornelius, Bryant Wbwc22@pitt.eduBWC22
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFinegold, David Ndnf@pitt.eduDNFUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberTerry, Martha Annmaterry@pitt.eduMATERRYUNSPECIFIED
Date: 2014
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Multidisciplinary MPH
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2015 18:52
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 11:56


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