The use of medical quality indices as a performance-enhancement tool for community clinics

Asher Elhayany

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One of the most important issues for a country, its population and doctors is the effective use of its health system. The extensive variation in doctors' performance leads to a tremendous waste of resources. To combat this, and at the same time ensure that medical quality plays a role when making decisions on interventions, it is essential to equip doctors and clinic directors with information on the quality of the medical care they are providing. In order to assist clinic directors in maintaining medical quality, Clalit Health Services has developed comparative medical indices enabling doctors to compare their performance to that of their colleagues, as well as to the standard and their performance over time. The development of an index to evaluate the quality of medical treatment offered in clinics provides doctors and the health system with an essential tool to lessen the existing variation among doctors and to enhance and evaluate performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)947-951
Number of pages5
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Health policy
  • Incentives
  • Primary care
  • Quality indices
  • Variation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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