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Table 3 Perceived objectives and audience of the current system of PR, Australia 2015

From: Perceived barriers to effective implementation of public reporting of hospital performance data in Australia: a qualitative study

Informant type: Consumer Provider Purchaser Total
  n = 6 n = 12 n = 16 N = 34
Objectives/purpose of PR
Drive improvements (performance, quality, safety) 3 5 6 13
Improve transparency 2 3 8 12
Improve accountability 1 4 5 9
Drive consumer empowerment and inform choice 1 4 4 8
Audience for PR
Providers of health care – managers or clinicians 5 7 5 16
Not the public/not suitable for the public 4 4 5 13
Bureaucrats 3 3 6 11
Public citizens/‘tech savvy’ public citizens   1 6 7
Media   2 4 6
  1. PR = Public reporting (of hospital performance data)
  2. Empty cell = Issue was not mentioned by that informant type
  3. Note: The data are drawn from semi-structured interviews. Missing responses do not necessarily mean that other informants did not share an opinion; rather, they might not have discussed the particular topic. Results are indicative of opinion, but not generalizable