Original Articles: PDF OnlyBenefits of Experience Treating Coronary Artery DiseaseHemenway, David PhD*; Sherman, Herbert DEE*; Mudge, Gilbert H. Jr. MD†; Flatley, Margaret BA†; Lindsey, Nancy M. BSN†; Goldman, Lee MD, MPH†Author Information *From Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts †From Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts Medical Care: February 1986 - Volume 24 - Issue 2 - p 125-133 Buy Abstract The authors examined the issue of learning by doing in terms of both the cost and outcome of treating coronary artery disease at one hospital between 1977 and 1981. Over time, the quality of outcome improved for both medical and surgical patients. During this time of cost-plus reimbursement, there was less conclusive evidence of concurrent technical efficiency gains. These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that the benefits of experience can be substantial but they do not just happen: they require proper provider motivation. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.