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Money motivates doctors to reduce ethnic differences in heart disease treatments
Date:11/17/2008

e in April 2004. The scheme improved CHD management across both incentivized and non-incentivized indicators. There were also fewer differences in prescribing and clinical outcomes between ethnic groups in 2005 than in 2003. For example, improvements in blood pressure control were greater in the black group than amongst the whites over the two year period, with the treatment gap between the two groups closing between 2003 and 2005. More South Asians also had their blood pressure recorded in 2005 than in 2003. However, black patients were still less likely to be prescribed statins than South Asians or whites in 2005.

The authors conclude that "whilst the management of CHD remains suboptimal in many patients, improvements in the quality of care seen since the new contract are impressive.most patients, including those from ethnic minority groups and living in areas of low socio-economic status, appear to have benefited from the scheme." They add that healthcare planners in other countries may want to consider introducing similar initiatives for their own primary care physicians.


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