As a country, we simply cannot afford to provide all of the health care that may produce some benefit. As an aging population and new technologies increase pressure on health care systems, research is increasingly required to inform decisions around the allocation of scarce health care resources. By considering both the costs and benefits of alternative models of care, decision making is better informed and more transparent.
My particular area of interest concerns the use of routinely collected data to identify specific areas in which there is variation in clinical practice that leads to differences in patient outcomes. In such cases, we should try to identify and disseminate best practice.