Notes to editors
- The PARR++ tool was showcased on 13 November 20007 at a King's Fund conference on managing long-term conditions. The tool will be available to download for free on Monday 19 November from the King’s Fund website. The tool on CD can also be pre-ordered from the same web address.
- The King's Fund and their partners Health Dialog UK and New York University were commissioned by the Department of Health and the strategic health authorities in 2005 to develop a number of techniques to accurately predict future frequent users of hospital services.
- Five per cent of inpatients, many with long-term conditions, account for 49 per cent of all acute bed days. Source: Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES) 2005/06.
- For further information or interviews, please contact the King’s Fund press office on 020 7307 2585, 020 7307 2632 or 020 7307 2581. An ISDN line is available for interviews on 020 7637 0185.
- The King’s Fund is an independent charitable foundation working for better health, especially in London. We carry out research, policy analysis and development activities, working on our own, in partnerships, and through funding. We are a major resource to people working in health and social care, offering leadership development programmes; seminars and workshops; publications; information and library services; and conference and meeting facilities
- Health Dialog UK is a subsidiary of Health Dialog Services Corporation, Boston, USA. The company was founded on the principle that, when individuals are more actively engaged in managing their care with their clinicians, they are more satisfied with their outcomes: quality goes up and costs go down. This is called Shared Decision-Making and is an approach based on the work of the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making (FIMDM), a not-for-profit entity founded by Drs John Wennberg and Albert Mulley. Health Dialog uses precision analytics to help identify who can benefit most from Shared Decision-Making through Health Coaching. These analytical tools help identify unwarranted variation and utilisation of health care services so that local health care organisations can target their resources effectively and reduce waste whilst improving quality.