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Can Fam Physician. 2011 Jun;57(6):690-6.

Pay-for-performance incentives for preventive care: views of family physicians before and after participation in a reminder and recall project (P-PROMPT).

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  • 1University of British Columbia, Department of Family Practice, Suite 320, 5950 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3.



The Provider and Patient Reminders in Ontario: Multi-Strategy Prevention Tools (P-PROMPT) project was designed to increase the rates of delivery of 4 targeted preventive care services to eligible patients in primary care network and family health network practices eligible for pay-for-performance incentives.


Self-administered fax-back surveys completed before and after participation in the P-PROMPT project.


Southwestern Ontario.


A total of 246 physicians from 24 primary care network or family health network practices across 110 different sites.


The P-PROMPT project provided several tools and services, including physician and patient reminders, office management tools, and administrative database integration.


Physicians' views about the delivery of preventive health services and pay-for-performance incentives before and after participation in the P-PROMPT project.


The preintervention survey was completed by 86.2% (212 of 246) of physicians and the postintervention survey was completed by 53.3% (131 of 246) of physicians; 46.7% (114 of 246) of the physicians completed both surveys. Overall, 80.5% of physicians indicated that the P-PROMPT project was useful (scores of 5 or higher on a 7-point Likert scale). Patient reminder letters (89.1%), physician approval lists of eligible patients (75.6%), administrative assistance with management fees (79.8%), and annual bonus calculations (75.2%) were rated as the most useful features of the program. Compared with the preintervention survey, there were statistically significant increases in the mean agreement scores that the established target levels and bonuses provided appropriate financial incentive to substantially increase the uptake of mammography (P=.012) and Papanicolaou tests (P=.003) but not to increase uptake of annual influenza vaccination or childhood immunizations. There were statistically significant changes in the mean ratings of relying on an opportunistic approach (P<.001), increased agreement about the effectiveness of the current approach to delivery of preventive care (P<.001), and increased use of preventive management fees to recall patients (P<.001).


The preventive care management program and P-PROMPT were viewed favourably by most respondents and were perceived to be useful in improving delivery of preventive health care services.

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