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MyHEART: A non-randomized feasibility study of a young adult hypertension intervention

MyHEART: A non-randomized feasibility study of a young adult hypertension intervention

This study led by Dr. Heather Johnson sought to examine the feasibility of the MyHEART program, a telephone-based health coach self-management intervention for young adults with high blood pressure. The study team found MyHEART to be feasible and acceptable to young adults with uncontrolled hypertension. More patients reported blood pressure monitoring after the study, all coach-patient encounters were documented in the EHR for PCP review, and surveys indicate that patients had a positive experience with the intervention.

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Are waiting rooms passé: A pilot study of patient self-rooming

Are waiting rooms passé: A pilot study of patient self-rooming

Timeliness of care after patients arrive at the primary care office has received little focus. In this article, the UW PATH collaborative describes an intervention at 2 community family medicine clinics that allowed patients to direct themselves into exam rooms. After the intervention, 95% of patients said they preferred rooming themselves and patient satisfaction remained high. Others interested in redirecting staff time toward value-added patient care should consider trialing this intervention.

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External Community Review Committee: A new strategy for engaging community stakeholders in research funding decisions

External Community Review Committee: A new strategy for engaging community stakeholders in research funding decisions

Dr. Maureen Smith et al. describe a research pilot award program that uses an External Community Review Committee to engage community members in research. The engagement of community reviewers allows for a model of community-academic co-review, where the community reviewers play an important role in making funding decisions. This article provides guidance for others interested in this model of community engagement. 

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