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Association of practice size and pay-for-performance incentives


In an article published recently in the Canadian Association Medical Journal, Eszter Vamos and colleagues from Imperial College examined the association between size of general practice and the quality of diabetes management in England between 1997 and 2005. They found improvements in the recording of process of care measures, prescribing and achieving intermediate diabetes outcomes in all practice sizes during the study period. They concluded that size of practice was not strongly associated with the quality of diabetes management in primary care; and that pay for performance programmes appear to benefit both large and small practices to a similar extent.

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