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Table 1 —

Changing practitioner behavior: what works?

InterventionDescription/Findings
Audit and feedback Particularly effective for prescribing and diagnostic testing 
Reminders Prompts the provider to perform clinical action 
Outreach visits Meetings with providers in practice settings to provide information and feedback 
Patient-mediated interventions Educating and informing patients – particularly useful when combined with outreach Visits 
Opinion leaders Providers explicitly nominated by their colleagues to be “educationally influential” 
Conferences Need to be explicit and related to the practice environment 
Marketing Use of interviews, focus groups, or surveys to identify barriers 
Multifaceted The use of a variety of interventions is most effective 
InterventionDescription/Findings
Audit and feedback Particularly effective for prescribing and diagnostic testing 
Reminders Prompts the provider to perform clinical action 
Outreach visits Meetings with providers in practice settings to provide information and feedback 
Patient-mediated interventions Educating and informing patients – particularly useful when combined with outreach Visits 
Opinion leaders Providers explicitly nominated by their colleagues to be “educationally influential” 
Conferences Need to be explicit and related to the practice environment 
Marketing Use of interviews, focus groups, or surveys to identify barriers 
Multifaceted The use of a variety of interventions is most effective 

Summary: there must be agreement that there is a problem and that the solution agreed-upon is the solution to the problem, combined with a system of information and feedback necessary to resolve the problem.

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