Ambulatory Care Quality Improvement (ACQUIP)
Health Status Measures
Continuous Quality Improvement
Behavioral: Provision of health status information to patients provider
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
|Official Title:||Ambulatory Care Quality Improvement (ACQUIP)|
|Study Completion Date:||February 2001|
|Arm 1||Behavioral: Provision of health status information to patients provider|
Health care organizations, including the VA, are investing substantial effort to improve quality of care. As part of this process, greater emphasis is being placed on measurement of outcomes, and in particular, functional outcomes and satisfaction as reported by patients.
ACQUIP was designed to determine whether quality and outcomes of health care improve when primary care providers have access to regular assessments of their patients' health and function along with routine clinical data and information about clinical guidelines.
This study was a randomized trial conducted at the General Internal Medicine Clinics of seven VA facilities. Each participating GIMC is organized into discrete firms staffed by different groups of providers who care for different patients. One randomly selected firm received the intervention and one served as control. Patients who made at least one GIMC visit in the last year were eligible to participate. Patients were surveyed at baseline to determine active medical problems. Subsequent mailings included a general evaluation of health status (SF-36), a satisfaction questionnaire and, as appropriate, one of six condition-specific questionnaires: the Seattle Angina Questionnaire, the Seattle Obstructive Lung Disease Questionnaire, the Hopkins Symptom Checklist (depression), and questionnaires regarding diabetes, drinking, and hypertension. Clinical/utilization data were downloaded weekly from VISTA and supplemented with data from Austin. The intervention consisted of multi-faceted reports to patients' primary care providers (at the time of patient visits) showing trended physiologic and health status data and guideline-derived recommendations. Clinicians also received periodical reports displaying trends in the health status and satisfaction of their patients compared with their clinic as a whole. Reports were supplemented by training on QI and health status measures.
Data collection was completed on April 1, 2000. Analysis of trial results will be completed January, 2001.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00013130
|United States, Arkansas|
|Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System Eugene J. Towbin Healthcare Center, Little Rock, AR|
|No. Little Rock, Arkansas, United States, 72114-1706|
|United States, California|
|VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA|
|Palo Alto, California, United States, 94304-1290|
|VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, West Los Angeles, CA|
|West Los Angeles, California, United States, 90073|
|United States, Illinois|
|White River Junction VA Medical Center, White River Junction, VT|
|White River Junction, Illinois, United States, 05009-0001|
|United States, Washington|
|VA Puget Sound Health Care System Seattle Division, Seattle, WA|
|Seattle, Washington, United States, 98108|
|Principal Investigator:||Stephan D. Fihn, MD MPH||VA Puget Sound Health Care System Seattle Division, Seattle, WA|
|Principal Investigator:||Kenneth E. Rosenfeld, MD||VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, West Los Angeles, CA|
|Principal Investigator:||Marisue Cody, PhD RN MPA||Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System Eugene J. Towbin Healthcare Center, Little Rock, AR|