Administrative Overhaul Improves Access to Substance Abuse Services for Iowa Patients
Using tools and resources developed by NIATx, the Iowa Department of Public Health and local providers conducted an administrative overhaul of substance abuse services to improve access to care for patients in Iowa.
Program Makes Staff More Sensitive to Health Literacy and Promotes Access to Understandable Health Information
The Health Literacy Collaborative of UnityPoint Health (previously Iowa Health System) educates staff on the importance of communicating health information clearly to patients and families regardless of reading ability, creates easy-to-understand materials based on patients’ needs and preferences, and trains health care workers to use these materials with their patients.
Nurse-Managed Facility in Home-Like Setting Helps Residents With Dementia Maintain Function, Avoid Falls and Disruptive Behaviors
Liberty Country Living, a long-term care facility for people with dementia, offered nurse-managed care in a home-like setting, with a focus on supporting residents' capabilities. The facility had a high ratio of staff to residents and promoted social interaction, ambulation, and continence. The program helped residents stay ambulatory, maintain continence, avoid weight loss, avoid falls and disruptive behaviors, and reduce psychotropic medication use. After 5 years of operation, Liberty closed abruptly due to changes in State regulations.
Simple, Patient-Friendly Informed Consent Process Increases Proportion of Patients Reading Form and Able to Describe Surgical Procedure
A health system changed its informed consent process and document to make them more understandable, user-friendly, and interactive, leading to greater understanding of the surgical procedure and patient comfort with asking questions.
Provider-Lawyer Partnerships Enhance Access to Health-Related Legal Services for Low-Income Rural Patients, Leading to Favorable Resolutions for the Client
Providers and lawyers collaborate to address the underlying legal problems affecting the health status of low-income rural patients and their families, leading to enhanced access to legal services, many favorably resolved cases, and high levels of satisfaction for clients.