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Care and resource utilisation (CRU)

Practical Commissioning’s Jargon Buster explains the meaning of the term ‘Care and resource utilisation’.

This is about examining whether the right care is given, in the right place, and at the right time. The result of this examination in your area may mean:

• providing more care than at present

• changing the location of care

• changing the patient pathway.

For PBC this issue is important because you will need to identify local priorities, not only for care but for the use of resources. This is also of relevance to the 18-week rule.

Resource utilisation information gives you the opportunity to target those areas where you can prove significant inappropriate use of resource and where you have identified clear alternatives.