Clinical practice plans in family practice residency programs.
This paper examines clinical practice plans (CPPs), systems for remunerating physician faculty based on their clinical productivity, in family practice residency programs. A stratified random sample of residency directors responded to a CPP survey. CPPs were found significantly more frequently in residencies (usually operated by universities) either with CPPs in their parent institutions or with high patient volume. Residencies operated by community hospitals were more likely to distribute CPP benefits to faculty based on individual clinical activity, whereas residencies operated by universities were more likely to distribute equal benefits to all faculty or to include academic as well as clinical activities in the benefit determination. While most residency directors felt that CPPs brought financial benefits to a residency and to individual faculty, many directors who did not have CPPs feared that such a plan would create conflicts between patient care and teaching. A case report tracing the evolution of a CPP in one university-administered residency is presented.
Hansen, JP; Bobula, JA; Warburton, SW; Clapp, NE
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