Physician performance improvement: an overview of methodologies

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Department of Quantitative Health Sciences

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Clinical Audit; Education, Medical, Continuing; Evidence-Based Medicine; Feedback; Humans; Medical Records Systems, Computerized; Practice Guidelines as Topic; Professional Practice; Reimbursement, Incentive


Bioinformatics | Biostatistics | Epidemiology | Health Services Research


As the science and study of medicine has continued to evolve over the last 30 years, the concept of physician performance has not only taken shape, but risen to the forefront of our daily practice. "Pay-for-performance," "quality," "audit" and "computerized-care" are terms we recognize and use ever more frequently. Yet, as we strive to improve our care, we have failed to identify a single or best method for translating the growing body of knowledge into regular practice. Multiple methods exist, including evidence-based guidelines, continuing medical education conferences, academic detailing, opinion leaders, audit and feedback, public reporting, pay-for-performance, and computer-based reminder systems. Each method holds potential to improve performance. As attempts are continually made to change the care provided, we should be mindful to ensure that these measures actually improve our performance and our patients' lives.


Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2007 Nov-Dec;25(6 Suppl 47):50-4.

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Clinical and experimental rheumatology

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