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Innovations

Financial Incentives and Education Do Not Help Patients Better Manage Hypertension or Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Management of the Disease 06/20/13

The combination of a small financial incentive and patient education leads to a modest, short-lived increase in physician visits, but has no effect on blood pressure control or on racial and ethnic disparities in management and control of hypertension.

Weekly Group Program Improves Health-Related Behaviors, Leading to Stable Body Mass Index in Children and Weight Loss in Adults 06/21/11

An inner-city clinic hosts a weekly group program with parents and children that includes an individual medical visit, group education, and time for exercise, leading to improved health-related behaviors, stable body mass index in children, and weight loss in adults who participate frequently.

Personal Health Record Facilitates Ongoing Monitoring and Communication, Improving Engagement and Outcomes in Low-Income Diabetes Patients 01/11/11

A free, online personal health record assists diabetes patients and their clinicians in monitoring key clinical indicators, communicating during and between office visits, and sharing information with other relevant individuals, leading to enhanced levels of patient engagement and improved blood glucose control.

Pharmacist Coaches Lower Copayments, Improve Outcomes, and Reduce Costs for Employees With Diabetes 07/01/09

Reduced or waived drug copayments and pharmacist coaches cut costs and improve outcomes for employees with diabetes.

Culturally Competent Palliative Care Supports African-American Patients and Families in Dealing With End-of-Life Issues 12/04/08

Providence Hospital's culturally sensitive palliative care service ensures appropriate medical and pain management, provides emotional support, and dispenses accurate information about palliative care to help the hospital's largely African-American population cope with end-of-life issues.

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.

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