What is it about?

The purpose of this study is to examine whether or not for-profit healthcare organizations are more technically efficient than nonprofit organizations, particularly among nursing homes and hospitals, by utilizing a meta-analytic technique, and to elucidate if time is a relevant factor in an organization’s technical efficiency.

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Why is it important?

Although studies of technical efficiency among healthcare providers have evolved over time, little effort has been used to combine findings related to common antecedents of technical efficiency, such as organization ownership and facility types, along with a time trend as a proxy for environmental change (e.g., advancement of medical equipment and labor forces in medical professionals). With high interest from stakeholders (e.g., government authorities, insurance companies, medical professionals, consumer groups, etc.), technical efficiency is still considered as a construct without a clear explanation.

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No review using meta-analysis techniques has been done to establish ownership differences in technical efficiency. The authors included all relevant studies in the US over 30 years that had presented necessary indexes (e.g., mean, standard deviation, etc.) on the topic between ownership and technical efficiency including the facility types of nursing homes and hospitals to examine the effectiveness of ownership types on technical efficiency.

Program Evaluation Researcher & STEM Educator, Jiwon N. Speers
University of Central Florida

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This page is a summary of: A quantitative meta-analysis of organizational ownership and technical efficiency: non-linear influence by facility types and time for nonprofit and for-profit healthcare providers, International Review of Public Administration, April 2020, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/12294659.2020.1775330.
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