Health Policy Research Update
The Journal of the American Medical Association this week featured research related to medical education, including a study finding that post-baccalaureate, premedical programs aimed at minority and low-income students improved their chances of being accepted to medical school.
The study found that 67.6% of participants in such programs in California had enrolled in medical school, compared with 22.5% of a control group.
According to researchers, federal funding for such programs should be maintained to increase diversity in the physician workforce.
This week's Health Policy Research Update also includes:
- A study examining a diabetes management program that relies on remote communication devices;
- An interview with Martin Roland, director of the National Primary Care and Research and Development Center at the University of Manchester, England, on the United Kingdom's pay-for-performance system; and
- Research on measures that make pay-for-performance systems effective.