Preventive care processes
A school district's multifaceted, collaborative initiative to reduce the impact of asthma includes multiple policies and subsequent programs such as electronic monitoring, case management, and stakeholder-specific education, leading to fewer asthma-related absences and better academic performance, behavior, health, and quality of life for students with asthma.
A statewide program supports physician practices through multidisciplinary community-based health teams, preventive health expertise, easy access to needed information via electronic systems, and financial incentives, leading to lower utilization and growth in health care spending and enhanced provision of appropriate services.
A state mental health and addiction services agency implemented policies to promote integrated treatment for those with both mental health and substance use disorders, leading to enhanced access to high-quality services and positive patient outcomes.
A health system allows patients to receive certain routine laboratory tests without a physician's order, enhancing access to these tests and generating positive feedback.
Hospitals participating in a collaborative used screening criteria, fast-track diagnostic testing, protocols to support the prompt initiation of treatment, and ongoing monitoring to reduce sepsis mortality by 54.5 percent.
Protocol-based care management tools and simplified documentation forms embedded in the electronic medical record improve documentation, the readability of notes, and coding accuracy in military health care facilities.
A health plan–sponsored disease management program targeting African Americans combines home blood pressure monitoring with culturally competent education and counseling, leading to better self-monitoring and blood pressure control.
Medical students operate a free primary care health clinic for visitors to a large, local soup kitchen, gaining invaluable experience and providing patients with medical care they would otherwise likely go without.
A hospital-based food pantry and cooking classes enhance access to healthful food for low-income families, generating high levels of satisfaction and improvements in diet and health.
Trained school nurses held four weekly, one-on-one sessions with high school students who smoke; the sessions did not have a larger impact on long-term smoking rates than did four shorter, information-focused sessions, but both types of counseling generated higher long-term quit rates than typical programs targeted at teen smokers.