Primary care groups in the United Kingdom: Quality and accountability

Andrew B. Bindman, Jonathan P. Weiner, Azeem Majeed

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Abstract

With the introduction of primary care groups (PCGs), the British National Health Service has attempted to integrate delivery, finance, and quality improvement into a locally directed care system with a strong sense of community accountability. PCGs will eventually hold the budgets for primary care, specialist, hospital, and community-based services and have the flexibility to reapportion these budgets. Through clinical governance, PCGs are attempting to coordinate education, guidelines, audit and feedback, and other quality improvement approaches around health problems that are relevant to their patient panels and local communities. PCGs offer other nations attempting to improve the quality and accountability of health care an innovative approach that merits consideration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-145
Number of pages14
JournalHealth Affairs
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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