A Value-Based Taxonomy of Improvement Approaches in Healthcare
Journal article, 2017
© 2017, © Emerald Publishing Limited. Purpose: The concept of value is becoming increasingly fashionable in healthcare and various improvement approaches (IAs) have been introduced with the aim of increasing value. The purpose of this paper is to construct a taxonomy that supports the management of parallel IAs in healthcare. Design/methodology/approach: Based on previous research, this paper proposes a taxonomy that includes the dimensions of view on value and organizational focus; three contemporary IAs – lean, value-based healthcare, and patient-centered care – are related to the taxonomy. An illustrative qualitative case study in the context of psychiatric (psychosis) care is then presented that contains data from 23 interviews and focuses on the value concept, IAs, and the proposed taxonomy. Findings: Respondents recognized the dimensions of the proposed taxonomy and indicated its usefulness as support for choosing and combining different IAs into a coherent management model, and for facilitating dialog about IAs. The findings also suggested that the view of value as “health outcomes” is widespread, but healthcare professionals are less likely than managers to also view value as a process. Originality/value: The conceptual contribution of this paper is to delineate some important characteristics of IAs in relation to the emerging “value era”. It also highlights the coexistence of different IAs in healthcare management practice. A taxonomy is proposed that can help managers choose, adapt, and combine IAs in local management models.