Effect of provider and patient reminders, deployment of nurse practitioners, and financial incentives on cervical and breast cancer screening rates

Janusz Kaczorowski, Stephen J C Hearps, Lynne Lohfeld, Ron Goeree, Faith Donald, Ken Burgess, Rolf J Sebaldt

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of the Provider and Patient Reminders in Ontario: Multi-Strategy Prevention Tools (P-PROMPT) reminder and recall system and pay-for-performance incentives on the delivery rates of cervical and breast cancer screening in primary care practices in Ontario, with or without deployment of nurse practitioners (NPs).

DESIGN: Before-and-after comparisons of the time-appropriate delivery rates of cervical and breast cancer screening using the automated and NP-augmented strategies of the P-PROMPT reminder and recall system.

SETTING: Southwestern Ontario.

PARTICIPANTS: A total of 232 physicians from 24 primary care network or family health network groups across 110 different sites eligible for pay-for-performance incentives.

INTERVENTIONS: The P-PROMPT project combined pay-for-performance incentives with provider and patient reminders and deployment of NPs to enhance the delivery of preventive care services.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The mean delivery rates at the practice level of time-appropriate mammograms and Papanicolaou tests completed within the previous 30 months.

RESULTS: Before-and-after comparisons of time-appropriate delivery rates (< 30 months) of cancer screening showed the rates of Pap tests and mammograms for eligible women significantly increased over a 1-year period by 6.3% (P < .001) and 5.3% (P < .001), respectively. The NP-augmented strategy achieved comparable rate increases to the automated strategy alone in the delivery rates of both services.

CONCLUSION: The use of provider and patient reminders and pay-for-performance incentives resulted in increases in the uptake of Pap tests and mammograms among eligible primary care patients over a 1-year period in family practices in Ontario.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e282-9
JournalCanadian Family Physician
Volume59
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013

Keywords

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Early Detection of Cancer
  • Female
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mammography
  • Middle Aged
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Ontario
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Preventive Health Services
  • Primary Health Care
  • Program Evaluation
  • Reimbursement, Incentive
  • Reminder Systems
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
  • Vaginal Smears
  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

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