Constructing Valid Physician Performance Measures: Diabetes as a Test Case


Prior work supported by the Fund confirmed the validity of a database established by the American Diabetes Association's Physician Recognition Program, which identified eight principles essential for creating sound measures of physician performance. For this project, researchers will follow these principles in constructing aggregate measures of physician care and designing methods to compare doctors' scores. User guides and educational materials prepared by project staff will enable consumers and employers to choose high-quality providers and provider networks; assist accrediting boards in enforcing quality standards; and aid physicians in improving the care they provide. In addition, results from this work could form the basis for a 2004 Fund colloquium on physician-level performance measurement.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Tufts University
Principal Investigator:
Sherrie H. Kaplan, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
November 11, 2002

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