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Atlas VPM

The "project Atlas VPM", Atlas of Variations in Medical Practice in the National Health System, is a nationwide Health Services Research (HSR) Program concerning the analysis of unwarranted variations in medical practice and healthcare outcomes in Spain.

The "project Atlas VPM", Atlas of Variations in Medical Practice in the National Health System, is a nationwide Health Services Research (HSR) Program concerning the analysis of unwarranted variations in medical practice and healthcare outcomes in Spain. The idea was to compare healthcare geographically - region by region - with a view to giving powerful feedback to policy decision-makers and managers nationwide.

In order to do this, the project collaborated with the regional health authorities in Spain to acquire hospital data on the patient level. These data were then amassed into a central database and then an online analysis tool was built as a front-end to the database. This meant that policymakers, managers and other stakeholders could go directly to the Atlas website and themselves conduct research on key issues in a matter of seconds or minutes.

The project team also conducted their own research and Atlas VPM has published seven atlases, and several reports and papers. Among other issues these publications cover: unwarranted variations in general surgery, orthopaedics, paediatric hospitalizations, cardiovascular procedures, mental health hospital care, oncologic surgery, avoidable hospitalizations, c-section rates, and patient safety or mortality in cardiovascular procedures.

http://www.atlasvpm.org/en/english-version

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