Measuring How Well Doctors Care for Patients with Diabetes

Conducting a physician-level quality assessment of chronic illness care

From 2001 to 2003, investigators at the Tufts University School of Medicine tested physician-level measures of quality of care for patients with diabetes using a database from a previous study of ambulatory care quality for Medicare beneficiaries.

Key Findings

  • Researchers found that it is possible to develop a precise, reliable score by combining five or more measures based on actions taken and tests ordered by the physician using data from either the medical record or health insurance claims data.