The United Kingdom, faced with a legacy of long-term under investment, has embarked on a major programme of hospital development. This raises many questions. What factors influence the work of the hospital? How can hospitals continue to adapt to changing circumstances?
This paper draws on a recent study of the role of the hospital in Europe. It identifies major gaps in information about what hospitals do and how they are changing. International comparisons are especially difficult because of differences in definitions.
McKee, M.; Healy, J. The changing role of the hospital in Europe: causes and consequences. Clinical Medicine -London- Royal College of Physicians- (2001) : 304 pp.