Patient Care Process

Innovations

Online Access to Low-Dose Birth Control Reduces Barriers to Reproductive Health 12/06/07

Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette created an online service that offers Oregon and Washington women easy, 24/7 access to low-dose, hormonal contraception without requiring an office visit or a trip to the drug store.

Crisis Management Simulation Course Receives Positive Reviews, Enhances Communication and Teamwork Among Labor and Delivery Practitioners During Crises 12/05/07

Crisis Resource Management is a 7-hour course for labor and delivery practitioners that uses various strategies of crew resource management, a safety program developed by the aviation industry, to create realistic simulations designed to facilitate improvement of teamwork and communication skills in a real labor and delivery crisis.

Comprehensive, Integrated Palliative Care Reduces Costs and Improves Satisfaction Among Patients and Their Families Within a Large Health System 12/05/07

Fairview Health Services' palliative care program offers palliative care clinical and support services to inpatients, outpatients, and home care patients to mitigate suffering and improve quality of life; the program is integrated into the care process to facilitate referrals and care coordination.

Primary Care Managers Supported by Information Technology Systems Improve Outcomes, Reduce Costs For Patients With Complex Conditions 12/05/07

The Care Management Plus program combines the care coordination services of a care manager with robust electronic tracking and reminder systems to deliver comprehensive medical care to seniors with multiple chronic illnesses in primary care clinics.

Faxed Physician Reminders Fail to Improve Antidepressant Adherence 12/03/07

Automatically generated fax alerts did not succeed in improving patients' adherence to their antidepressant treatment plans.

Administrative Overhaul Improves Access to Substance Abuse Services for Iowa Patients 12/03/07

Using tools and resources developed by NIATx, the Iowa Department of Public Health and local providers conducted an administrative overhaul of substance abuse services to improve access to care for patients in Iowa.

House Calls to Frail Elders Reduce Costs, Hospital Use, and Nursing Home Placements 12/03/07

An interdisciplinary team of geriatricians, nurse practitioners, and social workers provide primary health care via house calls to homebound frail elders.

Nursing Home Learning Collaborative Improves Quality of Care, Reduces Staff Turnover 12/03/07

In an approach to improving nursing home care known as the “Wellspring Program,” nursing homes join an alliance that allows participants to exchange performance experience and conduct interdepartmental group training for both frontline staff and leadership on quality improvement and culture change processes.

Daily Intensive Care Unit Team Communication Enhances Provider Understanding of Care Goals, Reduces Length of Stay 12/03/07

Intensive care unit clinicians developed a standardized communication process based on a daily goals form that prompts clinicians to evaluate and document the patient's current status, design a care plan, and outline daily tasks, thereby increasing clinician understanding of daily care goals.

Personalized Support Improves Patient-Physician Communication and Enhances Decisionmaking for Breast Cancer Patients 11/27/07

The Decision Services unit in the Breast Care Center at the University of California, San Francisco provides a personal assistant to patients, leading to improved patient–provider communication and patient decisionmaking.

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