The Atlas of Healthcare Variation displays easy-to-use maps, graphs, tables and commentaries that highlight variations by geographic area in the provision and use of specific health services and health outcomes.
The Atlas is designed to prompt debate and raise questions about health service use and provision amongst clinicians, users and providers of health services about why any differences exist, and to stimulate improvement through this debate.
The Atlas highlights variation but does not suggest an ideal level (high is not necessarily good or bad; the average is not necessarily the ideal). This means that it should not be used a tool for judging the performance of one geographic area against another.
The Atlas is organised by domains, which cover specific clinical areas. Select a domain below to view the Atlas.
||This shows variation in medical procedures and complications associated with birth.|
||This shows life expectancy and other basic demographic data around age structure, ethnicity and deprivation.|
|Cardiovascular Disease||This shows the use of secondary prevention medicines in New Zealand residents hospitalised with an ischaemic cardiovascular disease event between 2000 and 2010.|
|Gout||This shows variation in the prevalence and treatment of gout, the most common form of inflammatory arthritis.|
|Polypharmacy in older people||This shows rates of dispensing of medicines in people aged 65 and over.|
Atlas clinical lead, Dr Nigel Millar, and CEO of the Health Quality & Safety Commission, Dr Janice Wilson, explain the purpose of the Atlas of Healthcare Variation.
Learn how to find your way around the Atlas reports by using the text version of the user guide or viewing the video below.
If you would like to comment on the design of the reports or have suggestions for future reports please email us.