Term: Preventive Care Index (PCI)

Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2006-11-17


An index that measures the extent to which physicians provide appropriate preventive services to their eligible patients. It includes three such services: childhood immunizations, influenza vaccination for seniors, and cervical cancer screening. The Index score for each physician reflects the proportion of their eligible patients who receive appropriate care. The score can be calculated across all physicians overall as the standard of comparison; physicians scoring above the standard are considered "below average" and those higher than the standard are deemed "above average". This index was originally developed by Katz et al. (2004) and called the Preventive Services Index.

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