Did the London Initiative Zone investment programme affect general practice structure and performance in East London? A time series analysis of cervical screening coverage and asthma prescribing


Naish, J; Eldridge, S; Moser, K; Sturdy, P; (2002) Did the London Initiative Zone investment programme affect general practice structure and performance in East London? A time series analysis of cervical screening coverage and asthma prescribing. Public health, 116 (6). pp. 361-367. ISSN 0033-3506 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.ph.1900870

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Abstract

A programme of incentives was set up in the London Initiative Zones to improve primary care in inner London based on the findings of the Tomlinson Enquiry in 1992. This descriptive study is a 4-y time series analysis of changes in general practice structure in East London as the result of London Initiative Zone investment, and an exploration of the possible effect of investment on practice performance.We used routinely available administrative data for the whole analysis. General practice characteristics and two selected performance indicators: the asthma prophylaxis to bronchodilator ratio and cervical cytology screening rate, for all practices in the East London and the City Health Authority for 4 y, 1993-1996, were used. Both reflect practice efficiency, but relate to different aspects of practice performance. The prescribing indicator is more indicative of the quality of clinical practise, whereas cervical screening coverage relates more to the characteristics of the practice population and to practice organisation. Repeated measures analyses were used to identify trends and to explore the relationship between changes in practice characteristics and performance. Graphical methods were used to compare East London trends with the rest of England.There were significant improvements in practice structure as the consequence of London Initiative Zone investment. There was a positive association with improvements in practice performance, but East London still lagged some way behind national patterns. The findings suggest that while improvements in asthma prescribing follow the national trend, practices have difficulty in achieving and sustaining the 80% target for cervical cytology screening, and that an overall population coverage of 80% may be in doubt.Increased investment in practice staffing may be influential in improving some aspects of performance. However, in common with other inner cities, a greater effort and more innovative strategies may be needed to achieve a standard of performance equal to the best.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: EU, March 14, cvcp11, ufc7, Anti-Asthmatic Agents, therapeutic use, Asthma, drug therapy, epidemiology, Bronchodilator Agents, therapeutic use, Cervix Neoplasms, diagnosis, epidemiology, Family Practice, organization & administration, standards, Female, Health Care Surveys, Human, Investments, London, Male, Mass Screening, utilization, Primary Health Care, organization & administration, standards, Program Evaluation, Quality Indicators, Health Care, State Medicine, standards, Support, Non-U.S. Gov't, Total Quality Management, economics, Urban Health Services, organization & administration, standards
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology
PubMed ID: 12407476
Web of Science ID: 180019500009
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/15649

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