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September 6, 2000

Use of Performance Data to Change Physician Behavior—Reply

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;284(9):1079. doi:10.1001/jama.284.9.1079

In Reply: Dr Rosenstein raises some important issues about the use of publicized comparative data to encourage quality improvement activity. There can be little doubt that improving the rigor and meaningfulness of the published data is an important part of engaging the key stakeholders. In addition, it is clear that simply publishing comparative data, without the educational support required to interpret and make use of the information, will lead to only a limited, or poorly sustained, response.