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Assessing the Effectiveness of Concurrent Peer Review for Patients With Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes

This study has been completed.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Kevin Fiscella, University of Rochester Identifier:
First received: July 25, 2007
Last updated: October 10, 2013
Last verified: October 2013
We will assess the impact of concurrent peer review vists on blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes control. Concurrent peer review (CPR) visits refer to special offic visits by patients to a clinician (physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant) other than than their primary care provider that are specifically designed to improve care for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Condition Intervention
Cardiovascular Diseases Other: Usual Care Behavioral: Concurrent Peer Review visit

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Concurrent Peer Review Visits to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Further study details as provided by Kevin Fiscella, University of Rochester:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Mean change in blood pressure, glycated hemoglobin, and LDL-cholesterol between baseline and follow-up [ Time Frame: 7 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Use of aspirin, ACE inhibiters/ARBs (diabetic patients), pneumonia vaccine updated, diabetic foot exam, diabetic microalbumuria check, retinal exam, smoking cessation counseling, dental visit, and self management goal [ Time Frame: one year ]

Enrollment: 727
Study Start Date: December 2006
Study Completion Date: June 2010
Primary Completion Date: June 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Control
usual care
Other: Usual Care
Usual Care with primary care provider during time period
Experimental: Concurrent Peer Review Visit
See description of interventioin
Behavioral: Concurrent Peer Review visit
Participants are offered an office visit with a peer of their clinician primary clinician. This office visit is structured and focused on blood pressure, diabetic, and/or lipid control with decision support available at point of care

Detailed Description:
This project aims to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health care by improving cardiovascular and diabetes management among poor and minority patients. We propose to implement and evaluate an innovative, but practical intervention: CPR visits. CPR visits are designed to minimize competing demands for clinicians and reduce clinical inertia by focusing clinician and patient attention on optimizing cardiovascular and/or diabetes management and disease control and through use of clinician prompts and decision support at the point of care. Following training of clinician staff, CPR visits will be implemented within two sites of a single community health center (Westside Health Services, Inc). Patients will be randomly assigned one CPR visit with a clinician other than their primary care clinician or to usual care. The primary study outcome will include control of hypertension, diabetes, and lipids. Secondary outcomes will include process measures for cardiovascular and diabetes care. Both personnel and data collection infrastructure will build on the existing Health Disparities Collaborative at Westside. A research team from the University of Rochester will assist in the implementation of study design. This team will lead both the quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the project including outcome and process measures. Project findings offer promise for improving care to underserved populations through dissemination and implementation of a feasible strategy among practices caring for the underserved. Findings will be disseminated nationally in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Association of Community Health Centers, and the National Health Disparities Collaborative and through publication in the peer reviewed literature and presentation at national conferences.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Active patient at Westside Health Services.
  • Currently enrolled in the Health Disparities Collaborative at WHS.
  • At least one visit to primary care provider in past year.
  • Any of the following documented during the preceding three months:
  • BP not at goal e,g. (BP 140/80 or greater unless has DM, CAD or CRI then BP greater than 130/80), LDL-C not at goal (level dependent on absolute ATP III CVD risk) or glycated hemoglogin 7 percent or higher

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Less than 18 years of age
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00508014

United States, New York
Westside Health Services, Inc
Rochester, New York, United States, 14611
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Rochester
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Study Director: Kevin Fiscella, MD, MPH University of Rochester
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Kevin Fiscella, Tenured Professor, University of Rochester Identifier: NCT00508014     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 59768
Study First Received: July 25, 2007
Last Updated: October 10, 2013

Keywords provided by Kevin Fiscella, University of Rochester:
Cardiovascular disease
Quality improvement
Peer review

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cardiovascular Diseases processed this record on September 21, 2017