Analysis: Can financial incentives and penalties improve medical center care?

Analysis: Can financial incentives and penalties improve medical center care? The English NHS should proceed cautiously in introducing payment for performance schemes targeted at improving the standard of care in hospitals, warn researchers from the University of York on today here . They believe that the effects of incentive schemes on health care systems remain unclear and that the expense of implementing them might not be justified. Following quality and outcomes framework , which gives financial incentives to principal care teams, a fresh scheme is being launched for NHS hospitals, describe Alan Maynard and Karen Bloor.

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Analysis of cells biomarkers expressed in ovarian cancers samples In a fresh analysis of tissue biomarkers expressed in ovarian cancer samples, released by PLoS Medicine, David Huntsman and his colleagues from Vancouver General Hospital suggest that substantial differences exist between ovarian cancer subtypes which should be reflected in individual management. Although ovarian malignancy is not the most typical gynecologic cancer in females, the disease contributes a substantial burden of mortality partly because symptoms are non-specific and the condition presents past due in its program. Related StoriesOvarian cancer sufferers with a brief history of oral contraceptive use possess better outcomesScientists discover small molecule that may block growth of BRCA-deficient cancer cellsNew RNA test of blood platelets can be used to identify location of cancerAs part of their analysis, Huntsman and coworkers measured expression levels of 21 proteins in 500 ovarian cancer samples which had been collected by an ovarian malignancy registry serving British Columbia, Canada; then they correlated expression of these biomarkers with patient survival data following standardized treatment.

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