Factors Affecting the Labor Efficiency of Hospital-Based Blood Bank Laboratories

Published in: Transfusion, v. 34, No. 9, Sep. 1994, p. 811-817

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 1994

by H. C. Lam, Gerald Kominski, Lawrence D. Petz, Soshanna Sofaer

Explores the impact of financial, managerial, and operational factors on labor efficiency in 40 hospital-based Southern California blood bank laboratories from July 1989 to June 1990. Multivariate analyses indicated that the labor efficiency of blood bank employees was not influenced by organizational financial incentives but was affected by the managerial styles of blood bank managers. Thus, at least given the results of this study, more still needs to be known about how to use incentives to improve efficiency in the health care field, so that more can be obtained for the same amount of money.

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