Military/dependents/veterans

Innovations

Scoring System Helps Choose Approaches and Devices for Safely Moving Patients, Leading to Fewer Staff Injuries and Lost Work Days 12/15/11

A scoring system assists hospital staff in selecting approaches and, if needed, assistive devices for lifting, moving, and/or repositioning patients, leading to significant reductions in staff injuries and the near elimination of lost and restricted work days caused by these injuries.

Partnership Supports Patients With Dementia and Their Caregivers Through Care Coordinator Team, Leading to Improved Psychosocial Outcomes 11/11/11

Through a partnership between the Veterans Administration and the Alzheimer's Association, a two-person care coordinator team provided support to patients with dementia and their caregivers over a 12-month period. The program led to improved psychosocial outcomes for veterans and caregivers, fewer readmissions and institutional placements, enhanced access to outpatient services, and higher overall health care costs.

Coordinated Treatment and Support Enhance Access to Care for Veterans With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury and Their Families 11/02/11

A partnership between academic medicine and a major-league sports team enhances access to care by providing treatment and support to veterans who suffer from traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder and their families, generating high levels of patient satisfaction.

Individual and Group Support Sessions Enhance Skills and Knowledge, Reduce Burden and Depression for Caregivers of Dementia Patients 07/14/11

Individual and group support enhances the skills and knowledge of those caring for patients with dementia, leading to less caregiver burden and depression and fewer problem behaviors among patients.

Weekly Home Monitoring and Pharmacist Feedback Improve Blood Pressure Control in Hypertensive Patients 05/31/11

Hypertensive patients monitor and report multiple blood pressure readings each week and those with elevated readings receive pharmacist feedback and support, leading to better blood pressure control.

Mental Health Clinicians Integrate Cessation Treatment Into Regular Care of Smokers With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Increasing Likelihood of Quitting 01/06/11

Mental health practitioners provide smoking cessation counseling and treatment to patients with posttraumatic stress disorder as part of their regular mental health care, leading to higher quit rates and fewer relapses.

Regular Meetings of Patients and Staff Reduce Violent Episodes by 85 Percent on Inpatient Psychiatric Unit 10/28/10

An inpatient psychiatric unit holds regular 30-minute “community” meetings focused on violence prevention, with all on-duty unit staff and patients attending; the meetings—which serve as a forum for expressing concerns, reviewing recent episodes, and brainstorming prevention strategies—reduced violent episodes by 85 percent.

Care Coordinators Remotely Monitor Chronically Ill Veterans via Messaging Device, Leading to Lower Inpatient Utilization and Costs 10/25/10

Care coordinators remotely monitor veterans with chronic medical conditions via home telehealth devices, leading to reductions in hospital admissions, bed days, and care costs and to high levels of patient satisfaction.

VA Patients Use Waiting Room Kiosk to Enter Medication List, Facilitating Reconciliation With Electronic Medical Record and Identifying More Discrepancies 05/06/10

Clinic providers compare patients' self-reported medication lists (generated through an easy-to-use automated system featuring a computer kiosk and simple touchscreen interface) to medications listed in the electronic medical record, allowing them to adhere more closely to established medication reconciliation practices and to identify and address more medication discrepancies, including potentially lethal ones.

Internet-Based Interactive Program Helps Time-Pressed, Geographically Constrained Military Personnel Control Weight 04/29/10

An Internet-based support program featured ongoing monitoring of weight and weight-related behaviors, personalized feedback from counselors, interactive educational lessons, and motivational interviewing, allowing many time-constrained military personnel to avoid weight gain or lose a moderate amount of weight.

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