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Emergency Department–Based Asthma Clinic Improves Self-Management Behaviors and Reduces Acute Episodes for Low-Income, Inner-City Children and Teenagers 9/10/2014
An asthma clinic located within the emergency department of a children’s hospital provides education, nonurgent medical care, referrals to primary care providers, and followup support to low-income, inner-city children and teenagers, leading to improvements in self-management behaviors, fewer acute asthma episodes, and better quality of life.
Hospital-Based Palliative Care Program Adds Comprehensive Outpatient Services, Leading to Better Access and High Patient and Provider Satisfaction 8/27/2014
A medical center added outpatient palliative services, including symptom management and holistic emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual care, to its comprehensive inpatient palliative care services, leading to improved access and high levels of patient, family, and provider satisfaction.
Policy National Academy and Affiliated State Chapters Support Pediatricians in Improving Asthma Care, Leading to Better Guideline Adherence and Disease Control, Fewer Acute Episodes 8/27/2014
The American Academy of Pediatrics and four of its state chapters trained and supported pediatric practices on asthma care, leading to better adherence to established guidelines and improved asthma control.
Community Health Workers Embedded in Inpatient and Outpatient Clinical Teams Enhance Access to Primary Care and Improve Health Outcomes for Low-Income Patients 8/27/2014
Community health workers embedded in clinical teams in medical offices and hospitals support low-income patients in setting and achieving health-related goals and accessing needed medical and community-based services, leading to better communication and access to postdischarge primary care, increased patient activation, fewer readmissions and depression-related symptoms, and positive feedback from patients.
Health Coach Program in a Medical Group Improves Self-Care and Decreases Readmissions for High-Risk, Chronically Ill Patients 8/13/2014
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic assigned health coaches to high-risk chronic disease patients to provide instruction regarding health care needs over the phone, during office visits, and in group classes; the program reduced readmission rates and costs among elderly patients.

Last updated: September 10, 2014.