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Many US doctors do not want to share performance data with patients

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 19 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1169
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Most US doctors do not use quality improvement techniques that provide information about their practice, the first national survey of US doctors has found (Health Affairs 2005;24:843-53). Nor do they use techniques which show how well they perform. And if they are provided with information about their performance by insurance companies or health plans, many do not want to share that information with their patients.

    Health care plans, accrediting organisations, and consumer advocates use quality improvement methods to improve patients' care. Doctors have been slow to follow, perhaps because most US doctors practise in small groups.

    The Commonwealth Fund, a non-profit making foundation focusing on health, surveyed 3598 US doctors in 2003. A total of …

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