Patient engagement is becoming increasingly important in the current health care policy and funding environment. In a novel approach at UW Health, 47 interdisciplinary primary care teams successfully engaged patients in a variety of quality improvement projects. The strategy used and lessons learned by UW Health in this process are discussed in a new article by Dr. William Caplan et al., and tools that can be used to help orient both team members and patients to the patient engagement process are available on HIPxChange.
Engaging patients at the front lines of primary care redesign
Documented lifestyle education among young adults with incident hypertension
In a recent study by Dr. Heather Johnson et al. to determine predictors of documented lifestyle education among young adults with incident hypertension, the authors found that only 55% of patients had documented lifestyle education within 1 year. In particular, young adult males were less likely to receive documented education. Press releases about the article are available from Springer and the UW School of Medicine & Public Health.
Impact of patient-provider communication & language on adequacy of depression treatment
Dr. Abiola Keller et al. recently conducted a study to examine the relationship between patient-provider communication and receipt of adequate treatment for depression among women, and found that more than one-third of women with depression in the US did not receive adequate treatment. Women who were non-English speaking were 50% less likely to receive adequate treatment.
Medication oversupply in patients with diabetes
Dr. Carolyn Thorpe et al. recently examined the prevalence of accumulated oversupplies of prescribed medications in adults with diabetes. They found that medication oversupply was less prevalent in the population studied than in previous studies of integrated health systems, but that it was more common in Medicare Part D enrollees than privately insured individuals.
Surgical coaching for individual performance improvement
Dr. Caprice Greenberg and the Wisconsin Surgical Coaching Program recently published an Annals of Surgery editorial on opportunities to use a surgical coaching model for performance improvement in surgery. The article discusses the characteristics of an effective coach, as well as the Wisconsin Surgical Coaching Program framework.