SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association
Shared Financial Incentives for Both Physicians and Patients Improved Cholesterol Levels
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia studied 1,500 patients and 340 primary care physicians. Physicians were randomly assigned to one of four groups. One group solely focused on providing physicians with financial incentives, while another group focused on financially rewarding patients when they showed improvements in their cholesterol levels. A third group consisted of shared incentives for both physicians and patients, while the last group (a control group) did not receive any financial incentives.
Overall, shared financial incentives for both physicians and patients, but not incentives to physicians or patients alone, resulted in a significant reduction of LCL-C levels at 12 months.