A care “pathway” helps pregnant substance abusers obtain health insurance, obstetrics care, substance abuse counseling, and other services, allowing the vast majority of these women to give birth to babies with viable birth weight who are free of illicit substances.
A three-agency partnership provides a one-stop resource for community-dwelling older adults to learn about and access available resources to help them remain independent, and proactively reaches out to these individuals to assess needs and connect them to services. The program has enhanced access to services and allowed the vast majority of nursing home–eligible individuals to improve or maintain the ability to remain in their home.
Ongoing case management, education, and peer support to low-income parents struggling with mental health and substance abuse disorders focuses on reducing the stigma associated with illness, increasing positive family interaction, and identifying and addressing cognitive and behavioral problems in children. Evidence suggests the program leads to less mental health–related stigma and stress, improved parenting skills and social support networks, few psychiatric hospitalizations, enhanced access to needed services for children, and many lasting family reunifications.
A nurse-led, telephone-based collaborative care program improves mental and physical health in patients who suffer depression after cardiac bypass surgery and reduces hospital readmissions among men.
A group music and exercise program for very young burn victims enhances active range of motion in assessed joints.
A comprehensive program to improve patient experience before, during, and after orthopedic surgery leads to improved satisfaction, higher patient volume, and better patient outcomes.
Emergency department–based physical therapists provide care to patients with minor musculoskeletal problems, leading to anecdotal reports of improved quality, efficiency, and patient/physician satisfaction.
A hospital protocol that encourages early mobility by respiratory intensive care unit patients reduced length of stay, both in the intensive care unit and overall.
The West Los Angeles Healthcare Center implemented a program to improve nurses' and patients' awareness and reporting of medication allergies and adverse drug reactions. Key program elements include a training module for nurses, educational brochures for patients, and distribution of an allergy/adverse drug reaction questionnaire to patients.
A residential treatment facility included an occupational therapist as part of the treatment team to help residents with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse improve their organization and time management skills.