Benchmarking improves patient outcomes

In the 12-month study of primary care doctors from Belgium, Greece, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and the UK, around 3500 patients had blood glucose, LDL cholesterol and systolic blood pressure (SBP) measured quarterly.

In the benchmarking group, where patients’ results were compared with those of colleagues in the same country every four months, 12% of patients achieved all three targets, compared with 8% of controls.

The proportion of patients meeting SBP targets was 40% in the