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Nine-Hospital Collaborative Uses Patient Screening Criteria, Fast-Track Diagnosis, and Treatment Protocols To Reduce Sepsis Mortality by Approximately 50 Percent 03/21/12

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.

System-Integrated Program Coordinates Care for People With Advanced Illness, Leading to Greater Use of Hospice Services, Lower Utilization and Costs, and High Satisfaction 12/20/11

The Advanced Illness Management program supports Medicare patients with advanced illness and their families in making patient-centered decisions, leading to greater use of hospice care, lower inpatient and ambulatory utilization and overall care costs, and high levels of patient, family, and physician satisfaction.

Social Worker-Led, Culturally Tailored Therapy and Support Improve Treatment Adherence, Depression-Related Symptoms, and Patient Satisfaction in Low-Income Hispanics With Diabetes 09/26/11

Two safety net clinics offered low-income Hispanic patients with both diabetes and depression culturally appropriate care (including medication and/or psychotherapy) and ongoing support led by trained, bilingual social workers, leading to improvements in medication adherence, depression-related symptoms, and patient satisfaction.

Patient Videos That Describe Care Experiences Spur Development of Many Successful Quality Improvement Initiatives 07/18/11

As part of Kaiser Permanente's Care Management Institute's video ethnography approach, provider teams interview patients about their care experiences, leading to the development of many quality improvement projects that have resulted in better care processes and outcomes.

Community-Based Clinic Enhances Access to Medical Care and Reduces Emergency Department Visits for Chronically Ill Recently Released Prisoners 05/04/11

Community-based clinic enhances access to medical care and reduces emergency department visits for chronically ill individuals who have recently been released from prison.

Health System Improves Access to Culturally Competent Interpreters Through Participation in Telephone and Video Interpretation Network 03/24/11

Contra Costa Health Services provides video and telephonic interpretation services to diverse patient populations at its clinics and regional hospital through participation in a shared network of trained interpreters, leading to improved access to interpretation services for patients with limited English proficiency.

Weekly Text Messaging Service Enhances Access to Local Clinics and Accurate Information on Sexual Health for Teens and Young Adults 03/06/11

Weekly text messaging service for teens and young adults enhances access to sexual health information and services and generates positive changes in behavior and knowledge.

Joint Nurse Practitioner–Geriatrician Management of Frail Elderly Increases Adherence to Recommended Care Processes for Common Conditions 01/27/11

Working in collaboration with geriatricians, a nurse practitioner comanaged the care of frail, elderly patients with any of five chronic conditions, leading to better adherence to recommended care processes.

Faith-Based Exercise Program Increased Physical Activity in Older African-American Women 01/24/11

A faith-based exercise program run through churches increased levels of physical activity and reduced blood pressure and pain levels in older African-American women.

Barber-Based Monitoring, Education, and Referral Support Improve Treatment Rates and Blood Pressure Control in African-American Men 12/06/10

Trained barbers provide ongoing blood pressure monitoring, education, and referral support to African-American male patrons, leading to improved treatment rates and blood pressure control in hypertensive patrons.

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