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Culturally Tailored Cessation Program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Smokers Enhances Access and Patient Satisfaction 05/04/10

A statewide smoking cessation program tailored to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community enhances access to culturally tailored services, increases knowledge and understanding among tobacco cessation coaches, and generates high levels of satisfaction among participants.

Culturally Competent Parent Mentors Support Families of Minority Children with Asthma, Leading to Better Health, Less Missed School and Work 03/22/10

Culturally competent parent mentors helped families better understand and care for their children's asthma through home visits, monthly telephone calls, and inperson meetings, leading to reductions in wheezing, exacerbations, missed school and parental work days, and emergency department visits.

Corporate Health and Wellness Program Attracts High Levels of Participation, Significantly Reduces Health Risks and Overall Health Care Costs 02/22/10

A comprehensive, customizable corporate health and wellness program has attracted high levels of participation among employees, leading to significant reductions in risk factors, substantial cost savings, and a positive return on investment.

Revamped Employee Wellness Program With Financial Incentives, Onsite Biometrics, Health Risk Assessments, and Coaches Boosts Participation Rates, Reduces Risk Factors 10/14/09

A large, self-insured employer revamped its employee wellness program to incorporate financial incentives, onsite biometrics that feed into a health risk assessment, and periodic meetings with health coaches, leading to greater employee participation and a reduction in risk factors.

Pharmacist Coaches Lower Copayments, Improve Outcomes, and Reduce Costs for Employees With Diabetes 07/01/09

Reduced or waived drug copayments and pharmacist coaches cut costs and improve outcomes for employees with diabetes.

Exercise and Nutrition Program Helps Individuals With Serious Mental Illness Develop Healthier Lifestyles, Improve Fitness and Mental Well-Being 01/08/09

A motivational health promotion and physical fitness program for adults with serious mental illnesses produced meaningful improvements in physical fitness and mental well-being.

Transition Coaches Reduce Readmissions for Medicare Patients With Complex Postdischarge Needs 02/14/08

Transitions coaches encourage recently hospitalized Medicare patients with complex care needs to assert a more active role in their posthospital care, leading to fewer readmissions and lower costs.

Peer Coaching Combined With Nurse Outreach Improves Adherence to Medical Recommendations Among Elderly Cardiac Patients Who Live Alone Following Discharge 02/12/08

A nurse-guided, patient-centered approach combines ongoing peer support from a trained elder with home visits and followup phone calls from an advanced practice nurse for unpartnered, elderly patients who are discharged from the hospital after a heart attack or bypass surgery. The program is intended to encourage compliance with medication regimens and recommended lifestyle changes, with the goal of reducing hospital readmissions. A 247-patient randomized controlled trial found that the program improved adherence to medical recommendations and reduced hospitalizations due to cardiac-related complications but failed to reduce overall hospital readmissions.

Back Care Program That Emphasizes Pain Control and Behavioral Modifications Reduces Pain Levels and Lost Workdays 01/28/08

A health plan-led program that encourages patients with chronic low back pain to increase exercise, use appropriate medications, and reduce stresses on the back led to reduced pain levels and absenteeism.

Health Coach Program in a Medical Group Improves Self-Care and Decreases Readmissions for High-Risk, Chronically Ill Patients 01/17/08

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic assigned health coaches to high-risk chronic disease patients to provide instruction regarding health care needs over the phone, during office visits, and in group classes; the program reduced readmission rates and costs among elderly patients.

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