At what cost? Using cost information for purchasing and providing community care for people with learning disabilities

Cambridge, Paul and Knapp, Martin R J. (1997) At what cost? Using cost information for purchasing and providing community care for people with learning disabilities. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 25 (1). pp. 7-12. ISSN 1354-4187. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

An appreciation of costs and cost effectiveness has been central to policy initiatives, reports by the Audit Commission and the 1990 community care reforms. This paper argues the case for a more informed use of cost information in services for people with learning disabilities, using examples from research into the costs and outcomes of care in the conununity. Commissioners and providers of services should address a number of methodological considerations when using cost information to purchase services or review their competitiveness or cost-effectiveness. Principles for using information are offered, including comprehensiveness, taking account of variations, making comparisons and linking costs with outcomes. The wider implications for commissioners and providers are then discussed in the context of policy issues and management concerns.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Rosalyn Bass
Date Deposited: 20 May 2011 14:31
Last Modified: 13 May 2014 15:09
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/26711 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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