Iowa

Innovations

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

To support their overarching health literacy goals of improving interpersonal and written communication and creating a patient-centered care environment, UnityPoint Health (previously Iowa Health...

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

Liberty Country Living, an alternative long-term care facility for people with dementia, offered a nurse-managed model of care in a small, home-like setting, with a focus on treating individuals...

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 at six family practice clinics. Pharmacists assessed the causes of the patient's poor...

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

The Iowa Legal Aid Health and Law Project engages providers and lawyers in collaborative partnerships to address the underlying legal problems affecting the health status of low-income individuals...

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

The Transition Home program at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, IA, incorporates a number of components to assure patients a safe transition to home or another health care setting. These...

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