Data envelopment analysis comparison of hospital efficiency and quality

Preethy Nayar, Yasar A. Ozcan

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Using a sample of Virginia hospitals, performance measures of quality were examined as they related to technical efficiency. Efficiency scores for the study hospitals were computed using Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA). The study found that the technically efficient hospitals were performing well as far as quality measures were concerned. Some of the technically inefficient hospitals were also performing well with respect to quality. DEA can be used to benchmark both dimensions of hospital performance: technical efficiency and quality. The results have policy implications in view of growing concern that hospitals may be improving their efficiency at the expense of quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-199
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Medical Systems
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2008


  • Acute care hospitals
  • Data Envelopment Analysis
  • Efficiency
  • Quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Information Systems
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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