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Academy of Health Care Management Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
ACI Open     Open Access  
Acta Bioquimica Clinica Latinoamericana     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research     Partially Free   (Followers: 22)
Adnan Menderes Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Advanced Healthcare Materials     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Advances in Dual Diagnosis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 48)
Advances in Human Factors/Ergonomics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 26)
Advances in Medical Education and Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 34)
Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 89)
Advances in Nursing Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 43)
Advances in Simulation     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
AIDS and Behavior     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 48)
American Journal of Managed Care     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Analytical Methods     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Anthropologie et santé     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Applied Clinical Informatics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Applied Health Economics and Health Policy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 24)
Applied Research in Quality of Life     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Archives of Public Health     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
Asian Journal of Health     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Australasian Journal of Paramedicine     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Australian Health Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Australian Journal of Primary Health     Hybrid Journal  
Australian Journal of Rural Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Autism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 349)
Avicenna     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Balint Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Bereavement Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
BJR     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making     Open Access   (Followers: 25)
BMC Oral Health     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
BMJ Leader     Hybrid Journal  
BMJ Quality & Safety     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 69)
BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 50)
British Journal of Healthcare Assistants     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 33)
British Journal of Healthcare Management     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
British Journal of Hospital Medicine     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18)
British Journal of Nursing     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 294)
British Journal of School Nursing     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Bruce R Hopkins' Nonprofit Counsel     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Building Better Healthcare     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Canadian Nurse     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Children and Schools     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Chinese Medical Record English Edition     Hybrid Journal  
CIN : Computers Informatics Nursing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Clinical Audit     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Clinics and Practice     Open Access  
Cognition, Technology & Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Communication & Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Community Based Medical Journal     Open Access  
Conflict and Health     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Contemporary Nurse : A Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Critical Public Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
Das Gesundheitswesen     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Death Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Dental Nursing     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Disaster Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
DoctorConsult - The Journal. Wissen für Klinik und Praxis     Full-text available via subscription  
Droit, Déontologie & Soin     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
E-Health Telecommunication Systems and Networks     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
East and Central African Journal of Surgery     Open Access  
Éducation thérapeutique du patient     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
eGEMs     Open Access  
Emergency Radiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Enfermería Clínica     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Epidemiologic Methods     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Ergonomics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
Escola Anna Nery     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ethnicity & Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
European Journal of Public Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 35)
European Research in Telemedicine / La Recherche Européenne en Télémédecine     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Evaluation & the Health Professions     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Evidence-Based Nursing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 74)
Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Families, Systems, & Health     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Family Practice Management     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Focus on Health Professional Education : A Multi-disciplinary Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Frontiers in Public Health Services and Systems Research     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Future Hospital Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Gastrointestinal Nursing     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Geron     Full-text available via subscription  
Global & Regional Health Technology Assessment     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Global Health Action     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Global Health Management Journal (GHMJ)     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Global Health Research and Policy     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Global Journal of Hospital Administration     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Global Public Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Globalization and Health     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Handbook of Practice Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Health     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Health & Social Care In the Community     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 54)
Health : An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Health and Interprofessional Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Health and Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Health Care Analysis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Health Care Management Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Health Economics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 59)
Health Expectations     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
Health Facilities Management     Free   (Followers: 10)
Health Informatics Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
Health Information : Jurnal Penelitian     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Health Information Science and Systems     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Health Policy and Management     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Health Policy and Planning     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Health Professions Education     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Health Promotion International     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
Health Promotion Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Health Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 62)
Health Psychology Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 46)
Health Reform Observer : Observatoire des Réformes de Santé     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Health Research Policy and Systems     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
Health Science Journal of Indonesia     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Health Services Research and Managerial Epidemiology     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Health, Risk & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Healthcare : The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Healthcare Financial Management     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Healthcare in Low-resource Settings     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Healthcare Management Forum     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Healthcare Policy / Politiques de Santé     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Healthcare Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Healthcare Risk Management     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
HealthcarePapers     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Hispanic Health Care International     Full-text available via subscription  
História, Ciências, Saúde - Manguinhos     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Hong Kong Journal of Social Work, The     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Hospital     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Hospital a Domicilio     Open Access  
Hospital Infection Control & Prevention     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Hospital Medicine Clinics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Hospital Peer Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Hospital Pharmacy     Partially Free   (Followers: 18)
Hospital Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Hospital Practices and Research     Open Access  
Housing, Care and Support     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Human Factors : The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 39)
Human Resources for Health     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
ICU Director     Hybrid Journal  
Ids Practice Papers     Hybrid Journal  
IEEE Pulse     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
IISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Independent Nurse     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Index de Enfermeria     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Indian Journal of Public Health     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Informatics for Health and Social Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
INQUIRY : The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Interface - Comunicação, Saúde, Educação     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Archives of Health Sciences     Open Access  
International Journal for Equity in Health     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
International Journal for Quality in Health Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 41)
International Journal of Care Coordination     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
International Journal of Computers in Healthcare     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Electronic Healthcare     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health     Open Access   (Followers: 27)
International Journal of Health Administration and Education Congress (Sanitas Magisterium)     Open Access  
International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
International Journal of Health Economics and Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
International Journal of Health Governance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
International Journal of Health Planning and Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
International Journal of Health Sciences Education     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Health Services Research and Policy     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Health System and Disaster Management     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Healthcare     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
International Journal of Hospital Research     Open Access  
International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Medicine and Public Health     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, The     Open Access   (Followers: 15)
International Journal of Palliative Nursing     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 32)
International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 38)
International Journal of Prisoner Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
International Journal of Privacy and Health Information Management     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Public and Private Healthcare Management and Economics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being     Open Access   (Followers: 22)
International Journal of Reliable and Quality E-Healthcare     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Research in Nursing     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
International Journal of Telemedicine and Clinical Practices     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Telework and Telecommuting Technologies     Full-text available via subscription  
International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 42)
International Journal of User-Driven Healthcare     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
International Journal on Disability and Human Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Irish Journal of Paramedicine     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
JAAPA     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Jaffna Medical Journal     Open Access  
Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 41)
Journal for Healthcare Quality     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
Journal of Advanced Nursing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 250)
Journal of Advances in Medical Education & Professionalism     Open Access   (Followers: 10)

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Journal for Healthcare Quality
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.633
Citation Impact (citeScore): 1
Number of Followers: 28  
  Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
ISSN (Print) 1062-2551 - ISSN (Online) 1945-1474
Published by LWW Wolters Kluwer Homepage  [302 journals]
  • Reducing Caesarean Section Surgical Site Infection (SSI) by 50%: A
           Collaborative Approach
    • Authors: Corbett; Gillian A.; O'Shea, Evelyn; Nazir, Syeda Farah; Hanniffy, Rosena; Chawke, Geraldine; Rothwell, Alison; Gilsenan, Fiona; MacIntyre, Anne; Meenan, Anne Marie; O'Sullivan, Niamh; Maher, Niamh; Tan, Terry; Sheehan, Sharon R.
      Abstract: imageObjective: Caesarean section surgical site infection (SSI) is a surgical wound site infection occurring within 30 days of surgery with a reported incidence of 3–15%. This quality improvement (QI) project aimed to reduce caesarean section SSI by 50% in a tertiary maternity center.Methods: Using multidisciplinary team approach, the project was designed with evidence-based interventions. The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland/Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland “Preventing Surgical Site Infections Key Recommendations for Practice” guideline was used as standard perioperative care. A care bundle was designed targeting preoperative personal patient preparation, preoperative prophylactic antibiotics, and strict skin preparation technique, all measured using a patient survey. The rate of SSI was followed for 14 months. The Model for Improvement methodology was used to implement change.Results: Surgical site infection rate decreased from 6.7% (n = 684 caesarean sections, n = 46 SSI) to 3.45% (n = 3,206 caesarean sections, n = 110 SSI), p = .0006. Reduction occurred in both elective (4.4%–2.7%) and emergency (9.1%–4.1%) caesarean section groups. There was excellent adherence to all three elements of the care bundle. The 50% reduction in caesarean section SSI was sustained over the 14-month period, significantly reducing maternal morbidity.Conclusions: The success of this QI project is attributable to frontline ownership and empowerment of patients and staff.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Mar 2021 00:00:00 GMT-
  • Comparison of Outcomes Between the National Surgical Quality Improvement
           Program and an Emergency General Surgery Registry
    • Authors: DesPain; Robert W.; Parker, William J.; Kindvall, Angela T.; Learn, Peter A.; Elster, Eric A.; Jessie, Elliot M.; Rodriguez, Carlos J.; Bradley, Matthew J.
      Abstract: imageBackground: The National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) has become a prevalent tool for quality improvement. At our tertiary military hospital, NSQIP collects 20% of eligible cases. We implemented an emergency general surgery (EGS) registry to prospectively review all EGS cases. We compared our EGS registry with NSQIP, hypothesizing that NSQIP sampling under-represents EGS outcomes.Methods: A formal EGS Process Improvement Program was implemented in 2016. From 2016 to 2018, the four most common operations were laparoscopic appendectomy, laparoscopic cholecystectomy, surgery for small bowel obstruction, and nonelective hernia repair. Outcomes were compared between the EGS registry and NSQIP abstracted cases.Results: In 2016, the EGS registry identified 11/112 (9.8%) patients with a complication. National Surgical Quality Improvement Program abstracted 16% of EGS cases with 16.7% (3/18) of patients having a complication. In 2017, the EGS registry identified 10/87 (11.5%) cases with complications. National Surgical Quality Improvement Program abstracted 23% of EGS with zero complications. In 2018, the EGS registry identified 9.5% of 74 cases with complications. National Surgical Quality Improvement Program abstracted 15% of EGS cases with zero complications.Conclusions: National Surgical Quality Improvement Program did not capture many important EGS outcomes. In 2 of 3 years, NSQIP did not identify a single complication for EGS. National Surgical Quality Improvement Program alone may be insufficient to target EGS improvements.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Mar 2021 00:00:00 GMT-
  • Improving Emergency Access to Human Immunodeficiency Virus Prophylaxis for
           Patients Evaluated After Sexual Assault
    • Authors: Saadatzadeh; Tirajeh; Salas, Natalie M.; Walraven, Carla; Sarangarm, Preeyaporn; Crandall, Cameron S.; Crook, Joy; Sarangarm, Dusadee; Yaple, Charles; Stafford, Amanda; Wilson, Christopher G.; Page, Kimberly; Carvour, Martha L.
      Abstract: imageIntroduction: Patients evaluated after sexual assault may benefit from nonoccupational postexposure prophylaxis (nPEP) to prevent infection with HIV, yet multiple barriers may prohibit nPEP delivery. The IN-STEP (Integrating nPEP after Sexual Trauma in Emergency Practice) project was designed to improve access to HIV screening and prevention for patients evaluated in the emergency department (ED) of our academic hospital after a sexual assault.Methods: The IN-STEP team identified and addressed four key areas for improvement: (1) training of ED providers to perform nPEP assessments; (2) access to HIV testing in the ED; (3) provision of nPEP medications, using a patient-centered approach; and (4) continuity of care between the ED and follow-up sites in the community. Improvements were implemented using parallel plan-do-study-act cycles corresponding to these four key areas.Results: IN-STEP resulted in significant systems improvements in HIV screening, prevention, and continuity of care. This program not only improved the care of patients affected by sexual assault but also those evaluated for HIV due to other indications.Conclusions: Involvement of a multidisciplinary leadership team, clear delineation of a patient-centered project focus, and coordination across four parallel areas for improvement were useful for completing this complex effort.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Mar 2021 00:00:00 GMT-
  • Implementation and Feasibility of the Re-Engineered Discharge for Surgery
           (RED-S) Intervention: A Pilot Study
    • Authors: Du; Rebecca Y.; Shelton, George; Ledet, Celia R.; Mills, Whitney L.; Neal-Herman, Levi; Horstman, Molly; Trautner, Barbara; Awad, Samir; Berger, David; Naik, Aanand D.
      Abstract: imageIntroduction: Adapting Project Re-Engineered Discharge (Project RED), an intervention for reducing internal medicine hospital readmissions, is a promising option for reducing colorectal surgery readmissions.Methods: We conducted a pilot study for the adaptation and implementation of Project RED with patients admitted for colectomy at a regional VA tertiary care center between July 2014 and January 2015. Implementation was evaluated using adherence to intervention components and results from the Survey of Healthcare Experiences of Patients. The adapted Project RED for Surgery has five components: surgical wound/ostomy-care education, scheduled follow-up appointments, medication reconciliation, an After Hospital Care Plan, and postdischarge phone calls.Results: All (n = 21) participants received postoperative wound care education, and 77% of ostomy patients received education. Follow-up appointments were scheduled for 76% with surgery clinic and 67% with primary care. Half received pharmacist-led medication reconciliation. Seventy-five percent received a postdischarge phone call. Ninety five percent of participants reported positive or satisfactory care transitions versus less than 60% of a comparison group of surgery patients from the same institution. We summarized lessons learned from this intervention study to facilitate future dissemination efforts.Conclusion: The lessons learned from this pilot can guide quality improvement teams seeking to implement the Re-Engineered Discharge for Surgery intervention within their existing workflows.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Mar 2021 00:00:00 GMT-
  • The Effects of Harm Events on 30-Day Readmission in Surgical Patients
    • Authors: Kandagatla; Pridvi; Su, Wan-Ting K.; Adrianto, Indra; Jordan, Jack; Haeusler, Jessica; Rubinfeld, Ilan
      Abstract: imageReadmission is an increasingly important focus for improvement regarding quality, value, and patient burden in our surgical patient population. We hypothesized that inpatient harm events increase the likelihood of readmission in surgical patients. We created a system-wide inpatient registry with 30-day readmission. A surgical subset was created, and harm events were tracked through the electronic health record system. Between 2015 and 2017, 37,048 surgical patient encounters met inclusion criterion. A total of 2,887 patients (7.69%) were readmitted. After multiple logistic regression of the highly significant harm measures, seven harm measures remained statistically significant (p < .05). Those with the three highest odds ratios were mucosal pressure ulcer, Clostridium difficile, and glucose
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Mar 2021 00:00:00 GMT-
  • Implementing a Heart Failure Transition Program to Reduce 30-Day
    • Authors: Hinch; Barbara K.; Staffileno, Beth A.
      Abstract: imageBackground: Thirty-day readmissions for heart failure (HF) patients are often considered avoidable and linked to inadequate treatment and poor coordination of services and discharge plans.Problem: Lack of coordinated transitional care services and high 30-day readmissions prompted the interdisciplinary team to develop an HF Transition Program (HFTP).Methods: This quality improvement initiative used monthly trend data before and after HFTP implementation.Interventions: The American Heart Association Guidelines for HF Transitions served as a framework for developing the HFTP.Results: Over an 11-month period, 466 patients were enrolled into the HFTP, resulting in 18.2% (n = 82/450) 30-day cumulative readmission rate that is lower than the 21.9% national average. Sixteen patients did not code for HF after discharge. Heart Failure Transition Program calls to patients and families within the first week home were consistently high at 92.3% (430/466).Conclusions: These data show that care coordination and transitional care are important strategies to decrease 30-day HF readmissions.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Mar 2021 00:00:00 GMT-
  • Measuring Adherence to U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Diabetes
           Prevention Guidelines Within Two Healthcare Systems
    • Authors: Brunisholz; Kimberly D.; Conroy, Molly B.; Belnap, Thomas; Joy, Elizabeth A.; Srivastava, Raj
      Abstract: imageMeasuring adherence to the 2015 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) diabetes prevention guidelines can inform implementation efforts to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes. A retrospective cohort was used to study patients without a diagnosis of diabetes attributed to primary care clinics within two large healthcare systems in our state to study adherence to the following: (1) screening at-risk patients and (2) referring individuals with confirmed prediabetes to participate in an intensive behavioral counseling intervention, defined as a Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-recognized Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). Among 461,866 adults attributed to 79 primary care clinics, 45.7% of patients were screened, yet variability at the level of the clinic ranged from 14.5% to 83.2%. Very few patients participated in a CDC-recognized DPP (0.52%; range 0%–3.53%). These findings support the importance of a systematic implementation strategy to specifically target barriers to diabetes prevention screening and referral to treatment.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Mar 2021 00:00:00 GMT-
  • Improving Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Among Patients With Diabetes
           Mellitus Using the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control Process
           Improvement Methodology
    • Authors: Kollipara; Usha; Varghese, Shilu; Mutz, Jackie; Putra, Joseph; Bajaj, Puneet; Mirfakhraee, Sasan; Tessnow, Alex; Fish, Jason; Ali, Sadia
      Abstract: imageDiabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes mellitus (DM), is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. Early detection and appropriate timely treatment would result in 50–70% reduction in blindness due to DM, with a positive economic impact on patients and the healthcare system. The purpose of our project is to improve screening rates for retinopathy among patients with DM seen in a large endocrinology clinic applying the Lean Six Sigma Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control project framework and clinical decision support tools embedded in the electronic health record (EHR). Retinopathy screening rates improved from 49% to 72% by the end of the project. Interventions included identifying care gaps using a population registry, patient outreach through the electronic medical record patient portal, placing referrals to ophthalmology, improving documentation in health maintenance, and tracking improvement for sustainability. Our results demonstrate that process improvement methodologies and EHR tools can be successfully applied to improve care and clinical outcomes in patients with DM.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Mar 2021 00:00:00 GMT-
  • Improving Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Hospitalized Adults: A
           Quality Initiative
    • Authors: Wahlberg; Elizabeth A.; Muthukrishnan, Preetika; Burnett, Maria; Barrett, Kaitlyn V.; Gilbert, Matthew; Repp, Allen B.
      Abstract: imageThe American Diabetes Association recommends scheduled basal and nutritional insulin doses as the preferred treatment for noncritically ill hospitalized patients with type 2 diabetes; however, the adoption of these practices remains suboptimal. We sought to understand current diabetes management practices and improve glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes on the Hospital Medicine Services at our academic medical center. We surveyed resident and attending physicians to understand barriers to guideline-based practice. We conducted educational sessions, developed pocket-card decision aids, encouraged discussion on rounds, and provided periodic performance feedback to attending physicians. Results of the barriers survey identified “fear of causing hypoglycemia” as the most common barrier to guideline-based practice. Compared with the preintervention 12-month period, these interventions were associated with doubling of the use of guideline-based insulin therapy regimens, a significant reduction in the rate of severe hyperglycemia days, and a nonsignificant reduction in the rate of hypoglycemia days over a 12-month period. These results demonstrate that a simple, low-cost intervention can be associated with an increase in guideline-concordant insulin ordering with improvement in glycemic outcomes for patients with type 2 diabetes.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Mar 2021 00:00:00 GMT-
  • Assessing the Impact of a Pharmacist-Managed Discharge Medication
           Reconciliation Pilot at a Community Hospital System
    • Authors: Petrovich; Betty; Sweet, Michelle; Gillian, Sarah; Copenhaver, Jennifer
      Abstract: imageIntroduction: With unintended medication discrepancy rates ranging from 30% to 70%, a formal discharge medication reconciliation process must be developed. One strategy shown to reduce medication errors is a pharmacist medication review at discharge. The purpose of this study is to determine the impact of a pharmacist-driven discharge medication reconciliation program.Methods: The intervention group included pharmacist-reviewed patients with a high risk of unplanned readmission score and had a discharge order signed during a 2-month period. The control group included eligible patients who were not reviewed by a pharmacist. The after-visit summaries for both groups were then reviewed for additional medication discrepancies.Results: This study included 140 patients, with 70 patients in each group. A total of 176 discrepancies were identified in the intervention group and 235 were found in the control group. The median number of discrepancies per patient was not statistically different between groups (2 vs. 2, p-value = .196). There were 22 and 24 30-day hospital readmissions in the intervention and control groups, respectively (p-value = .857).Conclusions: More medication discrepancies were identified in the control group compared to pharmacist-reviewed patients. More robust studies including a pharmacist dedicated to discharge medication reconciliation should be conducted to identify the potential benefit.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Mar 2021 00:00:00 GMT-
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