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Nurse-Led Home Visits, Group Counseling Reduce Risky Behaviors and Sexually Transmitted Infections, Improve Family/School Connectedness and Grades Among Sexually Exploited Runaway Girls 10/28/09

A nurse-led program that combines home visits and group counseling reduced risky behaviors and sexually transmitted infections while also improving levels of connectedness to family and school and grades among sexually assaulted or exploited runaway girls.

Automated Clinician Prompts and Referrals Facilitate Access to Counseling Services, Leading to Positive Behavior Changes Among Patients 06/13/08

Automated clinician prompts and referrals facilitates access to behavior counseling, leading to improved behaviors related to diet and exercise and higher quit rates among smokers.

Group Visits Focused on Prenatal Care and Parenting Improve Birth Outcomes and Provider Efficiency 03/19/08

Group prenatal and parenting classes integrate health assessment, education, and support, leading to improved birth outcomes and enhanced provider efficiency.

Practice-Based Teams of Clinicians and Development Experts Enhance Access to Care and Improve Parenting Skills and Knowledge Among Children and Their Families 02/25/08

Healthy Steps for Young Children (Healthy Steps) is a national initiative that encourages use of clinician-childhood development expert teams in physician offices to promote the use of timely preventive care; parent education and support; and other interventions to address the physical, emotional, and intellectual development of children from birth to age 3.

Online Communities Foster Data-Sharing, Communication, and Learning Among Patients With Neurologic and Other Chronic Diseases 02/06/08

Web-based communities allow patients with a variety of life-changing illnesses to record functional outcomes, share these data securely with clinicians and caregivers, and communicate with similar patients for support and learning.

Heart Failure Disease Management Improves Outcomes and Reduces Costs 12/14/07

Essentia Health Heart and Vascular Center created a heart failure program combining chronic care and disease management principles to improve outcomes and reduce costs associated with heart failure care.

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