Policy Instruments to Improve Intervention Uptake and Provider Quality

Authors: Devra Barter, Charles H. Brower, Aditi Nigam, Patrick Renschler, Kelsey Walters, Ramanan Laxminarayan


Often overlooked, complementary interventions allow technical interventions to achieve impact by enhancing access, uptake and quality. This paper discusses the availability and effectiveness of policy instruments by reviewing the evidence on five categories of policies to improve the uptake of intervention (demand side) and the quality of provision (supply side). Recent studies are reviewed to consider variations in provider quality and effort, interventions and incentives to improve health providers’ performance, and protocol-based methods to improve provider quality. Financial interventions to improve patient uptake are also discussed.