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Pharmacists Monitor Hypertensive Patients and Make Recommendations to Physicians, Leading to Better Blood Pressure Control and Increased Physician Adherence to Established Guidelines 8/27/2014
Clinical pharmacists collaborated with physicians to manage patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure by assessing the causes of poor blood pressure control, developing a guideline-based care plan, monitoring the patient's treatment response, and making recommendations for medication additions and adjustments as needed, leading to better blood pressure control and increased physician adherence to established guidelines.
Provider-Lawyer Partnerships Enhance Access to Health-Related Legal Services for Low-Income Rural Patients, Leading to Favorable Resolutions for the Client 8/27/2014
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.
Program Makes Staff More Sensitive to Health Literacy and Promotes Access to Understandable Health Information 8/13/2014
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.
Simple, Patient-Friendly Informed Consent Process Increases Proportion of Patients Reading Form and Able to Describe Surgical Procedure 7/2/2014
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.
Administrative Overhaul Improves Access to Substance Abuse Services for Iowa Patients 4/23/2014
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.
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Last updated: August 27, 2014.