Analysis

Prudent care puts the focus on evidence-based services

Nurse leaders will gather along with other health and social care professionals at Cardiff City Hall this month for an international summit to encourage better outcomes for patients using best-value health care.

Nurse leaders will gather along with other health and social care professionals at Cardiff City Hall this month for an international summit to encourage better outcomes for patients using best-value health care.

It is more than a year since health minister Mark Drakeford called on the NHS in Wales to ‘enshrine the value-based principles encouraged by prudent health care across its entire system’, in response to rising costs and increasing demand while still wanting to improve patient care.

Four main principles

Prudent health care, which has already been adopted in various guises worldwide, has four main principles in Wales, making the public, patients and professionals equal partners through: co-production, encouraging care of those with the greatest health need first, doing only what is needed and no harm, and a reduction in inappropriate variation in services through evidence-based practice.

Mr Drakeford, who will be speaking at the summit,

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