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Hospital-Based Palliative Care Program Adds Comprehensive Outpatient Services, Leading to Better Access and High Patient and Provider Satisfaction 12/29/09

A medical center added outpatient palliative services, including symptom management and holistic emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual care, to its comprehensive inpatient palliative care services, leading to improved access and high levels of patient, family, and provider satisfaction.

Multidisciplinary Team Brings Palliative Care to Rural Patients, Leading to Improved Symptom Management and High Levels of Satisfaction 12/09/09

A palliative care program brings holistic physical, spiritual, and psychosocial support and care to patients in rural areas in their setting of choice, leading to improved symptom management and high levels of patient and provider satisfaction.

Pathology Team Provides Patient-Specific Interpretations of Test Results, Reducing Ordering Errors and Speeding Up Diagnostic Process 12/08/09

Pathologists provide a paragraph of patient-specific analysis as a supplement to traditional laboratory test results, leading to fewer ordering errors, time savings, and quicker diagnoses.

Nurse-Led, Telephone-Based Collaborative Care Improves Mental and Physical Health of Depressed Patients After Cardiac Bypass Surgery 12/04/09

A nurse-led, telephone-based collaborative care program improves mental and physical health in patients who suffer depression after cardiac bypass surgery and reduces hospital readmissions among men.

Nurse-Led Home Visits, Group Counseling Reduce Risky Behaviors and Sexually Transmitted Infections, Improve Family/School Connectedness and Grades Among Sexually Exploited Runaway Girls 10/28/09

A nurse-led program that combines home visits and group counseling reduced risky behaviors and sexually transmitted infections while also improving levels of connectedness to family and school and grades among sexually assaulted or exploited runaway girls.

Education and Support of Primary Care Practices Does Not Increase Referrals of Patients With Behavioral Risks to Community-Based Organizations 10/19/09

Education and support of primary care practices did not increase referrals of patients with behavioral risk factors to community-based organizations.

Intensive Case Management Reduces Inpatient Admissions and Emergency Department Visits Among Costly, Medically Complex Patients Without Insurance 10/06/09

Intensive case management and care coordination significantly reduces inpatient admissions and emergency department visits for costly, medically complex patients who lack insurance.

Psychiatric Hospital Streamlines Patient Transfer Process, Reducing Scheduling Time and Nearly Doubling Monthly Transfers to Outpatient Clinics 09/29/09

Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics used Toyota Production System principles to streamline the process by which patients are transferred to outpatient clinics, significantly reducing scheduling time, time to the patient's first appointment, and communication errors, and leading to a near doubling in the number of patient transfers.

Group Music and Exercise Classes Improve Range of Motion in Select Joints in Very Young Burn Patients 09/21/09

A group music and exercise program for very young burn victims enhances active range of motion in assessed joints.

Community Health Center-Jail Partnerships Improve Care During and After Incarceration, Reduce Jail-Based Violence and Deaths and Enhance Access to Community-Based Care 09/08/09

A partnership between local jails and community health providers facilitates the provision of appropriate health care to inmates and ensures continued, coordinated care upon their release, leading to reductions in jail violence and deaths and enhanced access to care.

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