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Innovations

Interactive, Web-Based Educational Program Enhances Knowledge, Attitudes, and Health Outcomes in Individuals With Diabetes 09/19/11

An integrated health system offered a customized suite of interactive, Web-based education and tools to individuals with diabetes, leading to high levels of engagement, enhanced knowledge and attitudes about the disease, and improvements in hemoglobin A1c levels.

Rheumatology Clinics Leverage Technology and Redesign Care Processes to Provide Physicians Relevant Patient Information, Improving Symptoms and Adherence to Recommended Care 07/06/11

Rheumatology clinics used information technology and redesigned associated care process to allow clinicians to access relevant patient information and focus scarce visit time on solving problems, leading to improvements in the provision of needed services and patient-reported symptoms.

Community Coalition Supports Schools in Helping Students Increase Physical Activity and Make Better Food Choices 06/17/11

A community-based coalition in rural Pennsylvania conducts ongoing marketing, supports schools, and sponsors community events in an effort to promote healthier behaviors by students, leading to more physical activity and better food choices.

Skin Assessments Conducted as Part of Patient Intake Improve Documentation of Pressure Ulcers on Admission, Reduce Incidence During Stay 05/30/11

Nurses perform a baseline skin assessment on every newly admitted patient, leading to improvements in the identification and documentation of pressure ulcers on admission and to lower incidence of pressure ulcers.

Periodic, Telephone-Based Assessment and Counseling Helps Stable Individuals With Alcohol or Cocaine Dependence Avoid Relapses 04/08/11

Experienced substance abuse counselors offer periodic, telephone-based assessment and counseling to individuals who have attained initial stability in alcohol and/or cocaine dependence, leading to comparable and in some cases better outcomes than traditional, more time-consuming face-to-face interventions.

Medicaid Plan Offers Diabetic Patients Access to Fitness Facilities and Coaching, Leading to Weight Loss and Improvements in Cholesterol and Blood Glucose 03/21/11

Medicaid managed care enrollees with type 2 diabetes receive free access to YMCA facilities and have regular meetings with nurses, dietitians, and personal trainers that focus on diet, exercise, and other aspects of disease self-management, leading to weight loss and improvements in body mass index, cholesterol, and blood glucose control.

Supported by Nutrition Education, Inpatients with Diabetes Choose from Unrestricted Menu, Leading to Higher Satisfaction and Better Food Choices 10/20/10

Rather than being placed on a specialized meal plan, diabetic inpatients order meals from an unrestricted (patient-controlled) menu after receiving education from nutrition staff about how to make appropriate food selections, with additional education provided to those consistently making “incorrect” choices. The program increased patient satisfaction without having a negative impact on the ability to achieve consistent carbohydrate intake and blood glucose control.

Trauma Therapy and Caregiver Support Improves Coping Skills and Academic Performance of West African Refugee Children 09/21/10

School-based, culturally appropriate therapy focused on dealing with trauma helps West African refugee children improve coping skills and academic performance.

Culturally Appropriate, School-Based Education and Support Reduces Likelihood That Latino Teens Will Engage in Risky Sexual Behaviors 09/17/10

A high school–based program provides culturally appropriate education and follow up support to Latino teenagers, leading to reduced likelihood of engaging in risky sexual behaviors.

Multiagency Collaborative Helps Community-Dwelling Seniors Access Coordinated Support Services, Helping Them Remain in Their Homes 07/04/10

A three-agency partnership provides a one-stop resource for community-dwelling older adults to learn about and access available resources to help them remain independent, and proactively reaches out to these individuals to assess needs and connect them to services. The program has enhanced access to services and allowed the vast majority of nursing home–eligible individuals to improve or maintain the ability to remain in their home.

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