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Rahimisadegh R, Haghdoost A A, Emadi S, Noori Hekmat S. Assessing the performance of hospitals before and after the implementation of Iran’s Health Sector Evolution Plan (HSEP) using the Pabon Lasso model. Med J Islam Repub Iran. 2021; 35 (1) :161-168
URL: http://mjiri.iums.ac.ir/article-1-5977-en.html
3. Management and Leadership in Medical Education Research Center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences. Kerman, Iran , snhekmat@gmail.com
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Background: The health sector evolution plan was implemented in 2014 in government hospitals across the country as a part of the universal health coverage achievement programs. This study assessed the performance of hospitals before and after the implementation of this plan, using the Pabon Lasso model.
   Methods: The population of this study consisted of the hospitals of the country in the 2013-2015 time frame; overall, 874 hospitals (94.5% of the population) were included in the study. In order to assess performance, we used the Pabon Lasso model and hospital performance indicators (Average Length of Stay, Bed Turnover, and Bed Occupancy Rate). The data were collected from the Hospital Information System and provincial deputies of curative affairs and were then analyzed using the descriptive indicators of mean, frequency, and median in SPSS 22. Also, Paired Student T-test and ANOVA were used to compare the performance of different groups of hospitals before and after the implementation of the health sector evolution plan.
   Results: The implementation of the health sector evolution plan has led to a significant improvement in the three performance indicators in the hospitals of the country. Before the implementation of the health sector evolution plan, the most inefficient, inefficient, fairly efficient, and most efficient zones included 31%, 18%, 17%, and 33% of the studied hospitals, respectively. However, the implementation of the health sector evolution plan changed the percentages to 29%, 21%, 20%, and 30%, respectively. Teaching hospitals, which are governmental and are mostly located in capital cities of the provinces, were overall more inefficient than non-teaching hospitals.
   Conclusion: The number of the most efficient and most inefficient hospitals has decreased, and the number of average performance hospitals has increased after the implementation of the health sector evolution plan. Therefore, the health sector evolution plan has not led to an overall increase or decrease in the performance of hospitals but has reduced the difference in the performance of hospitals. Equal support of government hospitals along with financial protection against health expenses, improves the performance indicators of hospitals and reduces performance differences among them.
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