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Mental Health Patients Track Moods Through Web Application, Generating Greater Adherence to Daily Tracking, Better Treatment Decisions, and High Satisfaction 07/25/11

Individuals with depression and/or other mood disorders log and track their daily mood through a mobile phone application, leading to higher adherence than with paper-based tools, better treatment decisions, and positive feedback from patients and clinicians.

Pediatrician Training and In-Office Support Significantly Reduce Instances of Child Maltreatment 05/11/11

Pediatric practices receive training and in-office support designed to enhance their knowledge and comfort related to screening for risk factors for child abuse and neglect, leading to significantly more screening and significantly less maltreatment.

Nurse–Physician Infection Prevention Teams Conduct Rounds and Provide Support to Frontline Clinicians, Leading to Fewer Health Care-Associated Infections 04/28/11

Physician–nurse infection prevention teams round on hospital units at least weekly, leading to a 70-percent decline in central line–associated infections and very low rates of surgical site infections.

Algorithm Enhances Provision of Preventive Treatment to At-Risk Inpatients, Reducing Incidence of Venous Thromboembolism 12/21/10

Providers use a computerized algorithm to classify inpatients as low, moderate, or high risk, and then prescribe anticoagulant (blood thinner) medication and/or mechanical devices as appropriate, leading to reduced incidence of venous thromboembolism.

Pharmacist Coaching and Waived Copayments Lead to Better Outcomes and Lower Costs for Employees With Diabetes 11/02/10

Pharmacist coaches meet periodically with employees who have diabetes to assess health, monitor medications, and strengthen self-management skills, leading to better blood glucose and blood pressure control, greater adherence to recommended care processes, and lower overall health care costs.

Nursing Students Provide Free Doula Care to Underserved Women, Leading to Fewer Preterm Deliveries, Low Birthweight Babies, and Cesarean Sections 02/03/10

Nursing students provide free doula care to underserved women, leading to fewer preterm births, low birthweight babies, and cesarean sections, and generating high levels of patient satisfaction.

Engaging Patients as Observers Represents Low-Cost, Accurate Way to Monitor and Improve Hand Hygiene in Outpatient Settings 12/08/09

Using patients to observe the hand hygiene habits of providers in outpatient clinics proves to be a low-cost, accurate way to monitor and improve adherence to recommended guidelines.

Separate Emergency Center for Older Patients Leads to High Levels of Patient Satisfaction, Detection of Polypharmacy, Increased Volume of Patients, and Low Rate of Return Visits 11/24/09

A separate emergency center for older patients includes physical features to reduce anxiety and discomfort, staff trained in geriatric care, and routine followup monitoring after discharge, leading to high levels of patient satisfaction, detection of polypharmacy, increased patient volume, and a low rate of return visits.

Standardized Communication Process Guided by Daily Goals Form Improves Nurse–Physician Communication and Increases Nurse and Patient Satisfaction on Surgical Unit 11/16/09

Clinicians on a surgical unit use a standardized communication process during daily rounds, leading to better nurse–physician communication and to higher nurse and patient satisfaction.

Intensive Care Units Participating in Hospital Collaborative Implement Multiple Improvement Strategies, Leading to Fewer Deaths and Lower Costs 09/29/09

As part of a hospital collaborative, intensive care units implemented a multifaceted safety program that reduced infections and hospital days, saved lives, and lowered health care costs.

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