Impacts of Financial Incentives on Implementation of Asthma Self-Management

PLoS One included an article in their November 2017 edition which systematically reviewed “the evidence investigating the impact of financial incentives for implementation of supported self-management on quality of care” for asthma and diabetes. Researchers identified a total of 2,541 articles, of which twelve met their inclusion criteria. “Results for the impact of financial incentives for the implementation of self-management were mixed.” While one study found a significant increase in patients receiving “perfect care” for asthma and another found there were fewer hospitalizations and emergency room visits related to asthma, articles relating to diabetes were more mixed. The researchers concluded: “The evidence in diabetes suggests no consistent impact on diabetic control. There was evidence from a single study of improved process and health outcomes in asthma.”

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