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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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