While individual physicians are the basic link between patients and medical care, patients choose physicians with less information than they choose any other feature of their health care. Evaluating and improving the quality of care provided by individual physicians requires scientifically sound methods of assessing a physician's care. The purpose of this project, a joint effort of the Primary Care Outcomes Research Institute at Tufts University School of Medicine and the Health Care Financing Administration, is to generate and test a reliable and valid data-based individual physician-level quality of care score that can be used both to evaluate and eventually to improve diabetes care in individual physician's practices.Using an existing longitudinal database reflecting over 2,000 patient visits from 293 physicians, this project will identify and test physician-level measures of quality of care for patients with diabetes. The project will be considered successful if it leads to the development of a reliable and valid evaluation tool that can be further tested to demonstrate its use in national quality improvement and consumer choice activities.
Amount Awarded $397,604.00
Awarded on: 7/30/2001
Time frame: 8/1/2001 - 3/31/2003
Grant Number: 39225