Journal article

Incentive payments to general practitioners aimed at increasing opportunistic testing of young women for chlamydia: a pilot cluster randomised controlled trial

Jade E Bilardi, Christopher K Fairley, Meredith J Temple-Smith, Marie V Pirotta, Kathleen M McNamee, Siobhan Bourke, Lyle C Gurrin, Margaret Hellard, Lena A Sanci, Michelle J Wills, Jennifer Walker, Marcus Y Chen, Jane S Hocking

BMC Public Health | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2010

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Financial incentives have been used for many years internationally to improve quality of care in general practice. The aim of this pilot study was to determine if offering general practitioners (GP) a small incentive payment per test would increase chlamydia testing in women aged 16 to 24 years, attending general practice. METHODS: General practice clinics (n = 12) across Victoria, Australia, were cluster randomized to receive either a $AUD5 payment per chlamydia test or no payment for testing 16 to 24 year old women for chlamydia. Data were collected on the number of chlamydia tests and patient consultations undertaken by each GP over two time periods: 12 month pre-trial and..

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