Primary care

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Medical Student–Run Primary Care Clinic Offers Valuable Training to Future Physicians and Enhances Access to Care for Low-Income Patients 01/20/12

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.

Standardized Order Bundles and Ongoing Care Coordination Expedite Testing and Specialty Consults for Primary Care Patients With Common Conditions 01/14/12

Primary care physicians order standardized bundles of tests and specialty referrals for common diagnoses, which are then managed by a care coordination team, resulting in expedited patient care and high physician satisfaction.

Hospital Enhances Access to Healthy Food Through Onsite Pantry and Cooking Classes, Leading to Better Diet and Health for Low-Income Families 01/04/12

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.

Interactive Videoconferences Increase Primary Care Provider Knowledge and Confidence, Leading to Enhanced Access to Specialty Care for Low-Income Urban Patients 12/09/11

Series of interactive videoconference sessions provide didactic and interactive instruction in specialty care to primary care clinicians in community-based clinics, boosting their knowledge and confidence in these areas, and enhancing access to specialty care for their low-income, urban patients.

Nonprofit Organization Enhances Access to Medical and Dental Care for Those With Disabilities by Helping Them Overcome Their Fears 12/07/11

A nonprofit organization enhances access to medical, dental, and personal care for individuals with disabilities by training them to overcome their fears, offering procedures by trained providers, sponsoring patient education programs, and training local health care professionals on caring for those with disabilities.

Culturally Tailored Lifestyle Counseling Tied To Readiness for Change Helps Underserved African-American Women Reduce Dietary Fat Intake 11/17/11

Low-income African-American women at risk for cardiovascular disease received culturally appropriate motivational counseling and support tied to their readiness for change, leading to reductions in dietary fat intake.

Low-Income, Rural HIV/AIDS Patients Receive Regular Text Messages, Leading to Higher Quality of Life and Greater Engagement in Care 10/04/11

Low-income, African-American, rural HIV patients receive regular self-written text message reminders that encourage them to regularly access HIV/AIDS primary care, leading to greater retention in care and enhanced quality of life.

Online Tutorial and Interactive Workshop Support Physicians in Employing Shared Decisionmaking With Patients, Reducing Antibiotic Use for Acute Respiratory Infections 08/24/11

An online tutorial and interactive workshop supported family physicians in engaging in shared decisionmaking with patients, reducing use of antibiotics for acute respiratory infections.

Specialist Physicians and Multidisciplinary Team Support Community-Based Primary Care Doctors, Enhancing Access to High-Quality HIV Care 08/19/11

Community-based primary care physicians receive support from specialist physicians and a multidisciplinary team, leading to enhanced access to high-quality care for HIV-positive patients.

Foundation Supports Rural Stakeholders in Promoting Better Eating and Physical Activity, Leading to Anecdotal Reports of Improved Behaviors and Outcomes 07/11/11

A local foundation supports schools, churches, local governments, and employers in eight rural Mississippi counties in addressing the area's obesity epidemic through programs to promote access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity, leading to anecdotal reports of improvements in health-related behaviors and outcomes.

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