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Table 3 Motivators to measure and improve

From: Quality improvement in small office settings: an examination of successful practices

Motivators to Measure   Motivators to Improve  
Identification of problem by practice leader N = 23; 58% Identification of problem by practice leader N = 28; 71%
Training in quality measurement or improvement N = 16; 42% Available solution that appeared feasible N = 21; 55%
Available product or tool N = 12; 32% Trends evident in data N = 20; 53%
Encouragement from colleagues, societies N = 8; 21% Comparing performance to benchmarks N = 15; 39%
Dissatisfaction/loss of clinicians N = 7; 18% Examination of trends by colleagues N = 12; 32%
Identification of problem by consultant N = 6; 16% Identification of problem by consultant N = 9; 24%
Financial incentives N = 5; 13% Financial incentives N = 7; 18%
Pressures from plans, purchasers, etc. N = 5; 13% Dissatisfaction/loss of clinicians N = 6; 16%
Dissatisfaction/loss of patients N = 2; 5% Pressures from plans, purchasers, etc. N = 3; 8%
Publication of report on safety, errors N = 2; 5% Publication of report on safety, errors N = 3; 8%
Dissatisfaction/loss of support staff N = 1; 3% Dissatisfaction/loss of patients N = 3; 8%
Malpractice losses/increased premiums N = 0 Dissatisfaction/loss of support staff N = 1; 3%
   Initiation of public reporting N = 1; 3%
  1. Factors cited as motivators to quality measurement and improvement, reported in percentages of physicians who reported them.