Journal article information
- Journal of publication: International Journal of Integrated Care
- Journal authors: Adam Steventon, Dr Geraint Lewis, Dr Jennifer Dixon CBE, Dr Martin Bardsley, Professor John Billings and Theo Georghiou
Study design and data collection methods
We will compare the health care and social care use of VW patients to that of matched controls. Controls will be drawn from (a) national, and (b) local, individual-level pseudonymous routine data. The costs of setting up and running a VW will be determined from the perspectives of both health and social care organizations using a combination of administrative data, interviews and diaries.
Methods of analysis
Using propensity score matching and prognostic matching, we will create matched comparator groups to estimate the effect size of virtual wards in reducing unplanned hospital admissions.
This study will allow us to determine relative to matched comparator groups: whether VWs reduce the use of emergency hospital care; the impact, if any, of VWs on the uptake of primary care, community health services and council-funded social care; and the potential costs and savings of VWs from the perspectives of the national health service (NHS) and local authorities.