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 JBM  Vol.4 No.12 , December 2016
The Correlation of Hospital Operational Efficiency and Average Length of Stay in China: A Study Based on Provincial Level Data
Abstract:
Objective: To measure the hospital operation efficiency, study the correlation between average length of stay and hospital operation efficiency, analyze the importance of shortening average length of stay to the improvement of the hospital operation efficiency and put forward relevant policy suggestion. Methods: Based on China provincial panel data from 2003 to 2012, the hospital operation efficiencies are calculated using Super Efficiency Data Envelopment Analysis model, and the correlation between average length of stay and hospital operation efficiency is tested using Spearman rank correlation coefficient test. Results: From 2003 to 2012, the average of national hospital operation efficiency was increasing slowly and the hospital operations were inefficient in most of the areas. The national hospital operation efficiency is negatively correlated to the average length of stay. Conclusion: Measures should be taken to set average length of stay in a scientific and reasonable way, improve social and economic benefits based on the improvement of efficiency.
Cite this paper: Liu, Q. , Zhang, X. , Guo, Y. , Zhang, Y. , Wang, Y. , Li, B. and Wang, Y. (2016) The Correlation of Hospital Operational Efficiency and Average Length of Stay in China: A Study Based on Provincial Level Data. Journal of Biosciences and Medicines, 4, 49-55. doi: 10.4236/jbm.2016.412008.
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