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.

Funding

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported this project through a grant of $386,196.