As health care costs continue to rise, competition among providers is increasing.
Although this competition is currently based on price, quality of care will become an increasingly important issue.
One popular method to assess quality is by comparing physicians'performance with that of a representative group of physicians, in a process called benchmarking.
The purpose of this study was to survey private practice gastroenterologists to identify the practice characteristics, so-called « best practices, » associated with high-quality health care delivery to provide data for use as benchmarks.
Three hundred randomly selected gastroenterology practices were surveyed regarding practice demographics, administration, financial management, and use of outcomes techniques by mail questionnaire.
Analogous questionnaires were completed by representatives of the gastroenterology practices comprising the Gastroenterology Practice Management Group, LLC (GMPG).
One hundred and eighty-two (61%) of the 300 eligible practices responded to the questionnaire.
Increasing differences between survey and benchmark GPMG practices were observed as the complexity of quality measures increased.
Among structure measures, the groups were similar.
By contrast, significant differences were observed between survey and benchmark groups with regards to outcomes measures such as the use of practice guidelines, continuous quality improvement, and outcomes assessment. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Gastroentérologie, Questionnaire, Secteur privé, Soin intégré, Facteur qualité, Caractéristiques, Evolution démographique, Pratique professionnelle, Gestion financière, Technologie, Résultat, Homme, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Appareil digestif pathologie, Organisation santé
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Gastroenterology, Questionnaire, Private sector, Managed care, Q factor, Characteristics, Demographic evolution, Professional practice, Financial management, Technology, Result, Human, United States, North America, America, Digestive diseases, Public health organization
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0485503
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 22/03/2000.