Preventive health services among Oklahoma residents in a rural county increased significantly when wellness coordinators working with primary care practices, the county health department, the county hospital and a health information exchange organization contacted county residents to help arrange for them to receive evidence-based preventive services, according to an AHRQ-funded study. The coordinators used a wellness registry developed from electronic medical records to flag gaps in patients’ preventive care, track outreach efforts and document the delivery of preventive services. Among about 5,000 patients who received calls from wellness coordinators, the delivery of 10 selected preventive services improved about 35 percent. Access the abstract of the study, which was published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.
J Am Board Fam Med. 2017 Sep-Oct;30(5):583-591. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2017.05.170035.
An Innovative Community-based Model for Improving Preventive Care in Rural Counties.
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Community Health; Outreach; Prevention; Primary Care; Wellness Coordinatorh