Performance management tools motivate change at the frontlines

Healthc Manage Forum. 2014 Spring;27(1):15-9. doi: 10.1016/j.hcmf.2013.12.003.


Performance management tools commonly used in business, such as incentives and the balanced scorecard, can be effectively applied in the public healthcare sector to improve quality of care. The province of Alberta applied these tools with the Institute for Health Improvement Learning Collaborative method to accelerate adoption of a clinical care pathway for hip and knee replacements. The results showed measurable improvements in all quality dimensions, including shorter hospital stays and wait times, higher bed utilization, earlier patient ambulation, and better patient outcomes.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Alberta
  • Benchmarking*
  • Canada
  • Health Facilities*
  • Humans
  • Institutional Management Teams
  • Motivation*
  • Total Quality Management / methods*