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The utilization of acute care medical beds in Prince Edward Island Wright, Charles J.; Cardiff, K. (Karen), 1953-


In the processes of health care management and reform the issue of efficiency has always received much attention, but recently more questions are being asked about the appropriateness of services and the current configuration of the health care system in general. Recent studies in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario examining the appropriateness of acute care bed utilization have shown that a proportion ofthese beds are occupied by patients whose care requirements could be provided in alternative settings. This study was commissioned by the Ministry of Health of Prince Edward Island to examine hospital bed utilization in the province using similar methodology to that used in the other Canadian studies.

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