Explaining the efficiency of local health departments in the US: an exploratory analysis
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Health Care Manag. Sci.
Public health; Efficiency; Data envelopment analysis; DATA ENVELOPMENT ANALYSIS; PUBLIC-HEALTH; TECHNICAL EFFICIENCY; CARE; SERVICES; MODELS; DEA; DETERMINANTS; EXPENDITURES; INFERENCE; Health Policy & Services
No study to date has analyzed the efficiency at which local health departments (LHDs) produce public health services. As a result, this study employs data envelopment analysis (DEA) to explore the relative technical efficiency of LHDs operating in the United States using 2005 data. The DEA indicates that the typical LHD operates with about 28% inefficiency although inefficiency runs as high as 69% for some LHDs. Multiple regression analysis reveals that more centralized and urban LHDs are less efficient at producing local public health services. The findings also suggest that efficiency is higher for LHDs that produce a greater variety of services internally and rely more on internal funding. However, because this is the first study of LHD efficiency and some shortcomings exist with the available data, we are reluctant to draw strong policy conclusions from the analysis.
Health Care Management Science
"Explaining the efficiency of local health departments in the US: an exploratory analysis" (2010). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 564.