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|SINTEF Technology and Society, Norway|
|ScientificTracks Abstracts: Prim Health Care|
|In 2007, the Norwegian Parliament decided to merge the two largest health regions in the country: The South and East Health Regions became the South-East Health Region (SEHR). In its resolution, the Parliament formulated strong expectations for the merger: these included more effective hospital services in the Oslo metropolitan area , freeing personnel to work in other parts of the country, and making treatment of patients more coherent. The Parliamentary resolution provided no specific instructions regarding how this should be achieved. In order to fulfill these expectations, the new health region decided to develop a strategy as its tool for change; a change "agent". SINTEF was engaged to evaluate the process and its results. We studied the strategy design, the tools that emerged from the process, and which changes were induced by the strategy. The evaluation adopted a multimethod approach that combined interviews, document analysis and (re)analysis of existing data. The latter included economic data, performance data, and work environment data collected by the South-East Health Region itself. SINTEF found almost no effects, whether positive or negative. This article describes how the strategy was developed and discusses why it failed to meet the expectations formulated in the Parliamentary resolution.|
Tarald Rohde has been Graduated from Department of Economics of Oslo University, 1977 as master of economics, with the special course of economic systems. He started his professional carreer as a health economics in the Group for Health Services Research in 1980. He has worked as consultant for the hospital administration in Oslo county, Chief of economics at Ulleval Hospital in Oslo, planning, bulding and starting up the new National Hospital in Norway, as consultant in the Department for Health and Caring Services and is now working with health economics, research and consulting in Norway's largest reasearch institute, SINTEF.
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