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Simple, Patient-Friendly Informed Consent Process Increases Proportion of Patients Reading Form and Able to Describe Surgical Procedure 07/15/11

A health system changed its informed consent process and document to make them more understandable, user-friendly, and interactive, leading to greater understanding of the surgical procedure and patient comfort with asking questions.

Nurse-Managed Facility in Home-Like Setting Helps Residents With Dementia Maintain Function, Avoid Falls and Disruptive Behaviors 09/03/10

Liberty Country Living, a long-term care facility for people with dementia, offered nurse-managed care in a home-like setting, with a focus on supporting residents' capabilities. The facility had a high ratio of staff to residents and promoted social interaction, ambulation, and continence. The program helped residents stay ambulatory, maintain continence, avoid weight loss, avoid falls and disruptive behaviors, and reduce psychotropic medication use. After 5 years of operation, Liberty closed abruptly due to changes in State regulations.

Pharmacists Monitor Hypertensive Patients and Make Recommendations to Physicians, Leading to Better Blood Pressure Control and Increased Physician Adherence to Established Guidelines 04/20/10

Clinical pharmacists collaborated with physicians to manage patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure by assessing the causes of poor blood pressure control, developing a guideline-based care plan, monitoring the patient's treatment response, and making recommendations for medication additions and adjustments as needed, leading to better blood pressure control and increased physician adherence to established guidelines.

Provider-Lawyer Partnerships Enhance Access to Health-Related Legal Services for Low-Income Rural Patients, Leading to Favorable Resolutions for the Client 02/04/10

Providers and lawyers collaborate to address the underlying legal problems affecting the health status of low-income rural patients and their families, leading to enhanced access to legal services, many favorably resolved cases, and high levels of satisfaction for clients.

Transition Home Program Reduces Readmissions for Heart Failure Patients 07/23/08

The Transition Home for Patients with Heart Failure program incorporates a number of components to ensure patients a safe transition to home or another health care setting, leading to fewer readmissions.

Program Makes Staff More Sensitive to Health Literacy and Promotes Access to Understandable Health Information 02/21/08

The Health Literacy Collaborative of UnityPoint Health (previously Iowa Health System) educates staff on the importance of communicating health information clearly to patients and families regardless of reading ability, creates easy-to-understand materials based on patients' needs and preferences, and trains health care workers to use these materials with their patients.

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.

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