UAB Diabetes Study: Goal-Setting Improves Physician Performance

In a diabetes study, University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers found that physicians who received periodic feedback reports based on chart reviews of their care of patients with diabetes, plus performance goals called "achievable benchmarks of care," significantly outperformed similar doctors who received only the chart reviews and standard performance feedback. Patients of doctors who were provided the benchmarks had 33 percent to 57 percent higher odds of receiving long-term glucose c

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