Accession Number:

ADA263316

Title:

Health Services: Available Research Shows That Capacity is Only Weakly Related to Volume

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC PROGRAM EVALUATION AND METHODOLOGY DIV

Report Date:

1991-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

24.0

Abstract:

Roemers law is not very different from the idea in criminal justice that if prison capacity is expended, prison population will swell to fill the space. In both cases, the argument is about whether increased capacity is used meaningfully or whether it merely augments the volume of services without showing measurable improvements. You asked us to determine if completed studies of health services delivery support Roemers model. Further, if these studies did not permit a judgment about Roemers law, you wanted us to indicate what research gaps needed to be filled to reliably determine its accuracy. Specifically, our study focused on the following questions What is the relationship between capacity and volume shown in these studies and What research gaps, if any, need to be filled to reliably assess the validity of Roemers law

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE