People with chronic or recurrent depression can be hard to reach. But they benefited significantly on various outcome measures from a self-management support program that included regular outreach care management and a self-care group with a combined behavioral and recovery-oriented approach—and the addition of certified peer counsellors to the service.
Healthy Hearts Northwest is a three-year project for primary care practices in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho that aims to help improve the cardiovascular health of patients by expanding existing quality improvement capacity. Practices are participating nationwide as part of the AHRQ EvidenceNOW initiative.
We're pleased to announce that Nicole Van Borkulo has joined the MacColl Center as a research associate.
The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has funded the MacColl Center for three years to lead one of seven regional partnerships throughout the nation both to improve heart health among patients in primary care practices and to increase the capability of these practices to improve the quality of care they deliver. It builds on the goal of the U.S.
The belief that the healthcare workforce needs to be planned and delivered as close to the patient as possible is one shared by many around the world. Achieving this is no small task. It means having the right people with the right skills, attitudes and behaviors in the right place at the right time in the right numbers across an entire country as personnel become increasingly mobile.
More than twenty years ago, our team embarked on the mission of transforming the health care system. Our earliest work was the dissemination of the Chronic Care Model, a framework for shifting the health system from reactive care to a planned, proactive approach. In the current climate, shifting industry focus from volume to value has become a central challenge. Our founding mission remains strong as we now seek to provide a clear signal to the health care industry that providers and leaders must be woven into the transformation process.
The best primary care practices engage patients in active self-management of their own health. When done well, patients are more confident, satisfied and healthier. To help practice teams, our Improving Primary Care Team Guide has an entire module dedicated to promoting self-management.
Here are photos from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's March 2015 Office Practice Summit in Dallas, TX.
Primary care is constantly changing, and keeping up with these changes can feel daunting. Our Team Guide online tool helps primary care practices build high functioning teams. This leads to better care, and healthier and happier patients and staff. Read more news from the MacColl Center's Improving Primary Care Team LEAP program.