Provider reminder tool can improve screening rates

November 6, 2013
Provider reminder tool can improve screening rates

(HealthDay)—A care coordinator and clinical reminder tool can enhance providers' ordering of preventive health screenings, according to a study published in the September/October issue of the Journal for Healthcare Quality.

Crystal Wilkinson, D.N.P., R.N., from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing in Lubbock, and colleagues evaluated a quality improvement initiative, conducted from January through December 2011, designed to increase clinical prevention rates in 11 Austin Regional Clinic primary care facilities as part of an accountable care initiative. The intervention included use of a care coordinator to call and remind patients about needed care and implementation of a care gap summary , which generated care gap summary reports that identified needed screening.

Based on aggregate organizational data, the researchers found that the interventions correlated with improvement in clinical prevention performance rates.

"This initiative demonstrates that improvement initiatives including care gap summaries, workflow changes, and provider feedback can increase performance rates for clinical preventive services," the authors conclude.

Explore further: 2013 health care quality report shows some improvements

More information: Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Related Stories

2013 health care quality report shows some improvements

October 30, 2013
(HealthDay)—Five key quality issues are showing some positive trends, according to the 2013 State of Health Care Quality Report published by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Little correlation between care quality, patient experience

September 20, 2013
(HealthDay)—There is little correlation between quality of care assessed by clinical measures versus by patient experience, according to research published in the September/October issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

Intervention to improve colon cancer screening ineffective

May 29, 2013
(HealthDay)—An intervention designed to improve colon cancer screening rates in primary care practices has failed to have a significant impact on screening, according to a study published in the May/June issue of the Annals ...

Analysis: Provider-initiated solutions improve quality of care in nursing homes

September 10, 2013
A new study from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Center for Aging Research has found that nursing home care improves in critical areas—including falls, quality of life and rehospitalizations—when ...

AGA publishes tool to help GIs manage HCV patients

November 5, 2013
The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Clinical Decision Tool for the Screening and Evaluation of Hepatitis C (HCV) will help gastroenterologists in the early management of HCV-positive patients, according to ...

Intervention does not improve depression symptoms

November 5, 2013
Among depressed patients evaluated in a primary care setting, use of an interactive multimedia computer program immediately prior to a primary care visit resulted in the increased receipt of antidepressant prescription recommendation, ...

Recommended for you

Parents have critical role in preventing teen drinking

July 20, 2017
Fewer teenagers are drinking alcohol but more needs to be done to curb the drinking habits of Australian school students, based on the findings of the latest study by Adelaide researchers.

Aging Americans enjoy longer life, better health when avoiding three risky behaviors

July 20, 2017
We've heard it before from our doctors and other health experts: Keep your weight down, don't smoke and cut back on the alcohol if you want to live longer.

Fresh fish oil lowers diabetes risk in rat offspring

July 19, 2017
Fresh fish oil given to overweight pregnant rats prevented their offspring from developing a major diabetes risk factor, Auckland researchers have found.

High-dose vitamin D doesn't appear to reduce the winter sniffles for children

July 18, 2017
Giving children high doses of vitamin D doesn't appear to reduce the winter sniffles, a new study has found.

Scientists develop new supplement that can repair, rejuvenate muscles in older adults

July 18, 2017
Whey protein supplements aren't just for gym buffs according to new research from McMaster university. When taken on a regular basis, a combination of these and other ingredients in a ready-to-drink formula have been found ...

Study: Eating at 'wrong time' affects body weight, circadian rhythms

July 18, 2017
A new high-precision feeding system for lab mice reinforces the idea that the time of day food is eaten is more critical to weight loss than the amount of calories ingested.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.