Does peer comparison improve physician practice?
- John "JP" Pollard
If you are a healthcare executive with the privilege of leading physicians, you know how important physician engagement is to achieving your many goals — both patient focused and business focused. This quote from Gurpreet Dhaliwal, MD concisely sums up the challenge.
If physicians hold the keys to such a large portion of your healthcare operation, then a natural follow up question is: “What works in accelerating necessary improvements in practice patterns?”
We have many thoughts on what works, but one critical position we believe to our core is this: unblinded peer comparison absolutely works in accelerating practice pattern change.
Of course, since Agathos is based on showing physicians how their practice patterns compare to those of their peers, you might discount our position. So don’t take it from us; we assembled a fairly long list of research, articles, and papers on the topic and are sharing that with you so you can make your own informed decisions.
The articles cover everything from broad change to specific analysis of practice patterns such as statin prescribing. There are also articles that research the impact of intrinsic and extrinsic (e.g., financial) incentives in relation to practice change.
For each article we offer a brief summary, one main takeaway, and then the citation — should you want to dig into that particular article in more detail.
At Agathos, we have already seen the positive impact of unblinded peer comparison across all of our customers. To better understand how, we invite you to check out these resources linked below.
Of course, we are also always happy to discuss your reactions or to share how we see unblinded peer comparison drive practice improvement with our partner organizations.