Quality and Continuity: Their Impact on Patient Care and Costs


Does it cost more to provide good medical care than it does to provide poor care? This project seeks to answer that question as it applies to the treatment of chronic conditions. By examining medical claims data for 175,000 patients over a five-year period, project staff will determine if the extra cost of providing good care, if any, translates into lower health care spending and better outcomes in later years. Project staff will also explore the relationship between continuity and quality in care by examining whether patients who have stable relationships with physicians are more likely to receive good-quality treatment than patients who do not. If the study finds that good care does in fact pay dividends in better patient health and lower long-term costs, it will supply providers, insurers, and others with a powerful argument for investing in improvements to chronic disease care.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc.
Principal Investigator:
Stephen M. Davidson, Ph.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
November 13, 2001

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