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Publication Date: September 2005

Publisher(s): Center for Studying Health System Change

Author(s): Sally Trude; Jon B. Christianson; Jennifer Coughlan; Peter J. Cunningham

Series: Community Report No. 7

Topic: Health (Health services administration)

Type: Report

Coverage: Washington


In March 2005, a team of researchers visited Seattle to study that community’s health system, how it is changing and the effects of those changes on consumers. The Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC), as part of the Community Tracking Study, interviewed more than 100 leaders in the health care market. Seattle is one of 12 communities tracked by HSC every two years through site visits. Individual community reports are published for each round of site visits. The first four site visits to Seattle, in 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2003, provide trend information against which changes are tracked. The Seattle market encompasses Island, King and Snohomish counties.