An employer-based intervention to systematically screen workers for depression; provide telephonic outreach for needs assessment, monitoring, and support; and conduct telephonic psychotherapy demonstrated significantly improved clinical and workplace outcomes.
Teens Against Tobacco Use ™, a peer-to-peer mentorship program designed to educate youth on the dangers of tobacco use, was adapted for the Native American and Latino communities in Washington state.
Hospital at Home sm provides hospital-level care in a patient's home as a full substitute for acute hospital care for selected conditions common among seniors.
Kaiser Permanente Colorado developed a computerized alert system to notify pharmacists when elderly patients are prescribed potentially inappropriate medications; alerted pharmacists consult with the physicians to discuss the prescription, leading to a reduction in inappropriate prescribing.
Group visits allow substantially more patients with dementia to be served with only a modest increase in clinician time, leading to high levels of patient, caregiver, and provider satisfaction.
A health plan-led program that encourages patients with chronic low back pain to increase exercise, use appropriate medications, and reduce stresses on the back led to reduced pain levels and absenteeism.
GreenField Health in Portland, OR, uses e-mail and telephone communications for the majority of patient contacts, thus saving physician time and freeing up capacity to serve patients who need inperson care more quickly.
Saint Mary's Health Care enhanced its hospital-based rapid response team by implementing a real-time, vital sign monitoring system that identifies and allows a quick response to high-risk patients.
Practice enhancement assistants improve patient care through practice audits and feedback, staff training, sharing of innovative ideas, and support in the development of systems and infrastructure.
A county health department implemented disease management programs for uninsured and underinsured, low-income diabetes, asthma, and heart failure patients, leading to improved outcomes.