Cook, D., M.D., Rocker, G., D.M., & Heyland, D., M.D. (2013). Enhancing the quality of end-of-life care in canada. Canadian Medical Association.Journal, 185(16), 1383-4. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1476500531?accountid=14771
Summary of Findings: This study interviews hospitalized Canadians on which aspects of end-of-life treatment they find to be most important. Trust in a personal family physician and effective communication among health care team members were consistantly reported to play a pivitol role in the quality of palliative care.
Green, B. B. (2013). Caring for Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions: Balancing Evidenced-based and Patient-Centered Care. The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine , 26, 484-485.
Summary of Findings: This study discusses the need for team-based care due to the increasingly high rates of patients suffering from multiple chronic illnesses. Patients with well controlled chronic illnesses are significantly more likely to have access to a health care team, in addition to their personal family physician.
Cauch-Dudek, K., Victor, J. C., Sigmond, M., & Shah, B. R. (2013). Disparities in attendance at diabetes self-management education programs after diagnosis in ontario, canada: A cohort study. BMC Public Health, 13, 85. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-13-85
Summary of Findings: This study finds that only 1 in 5 patients newly diagnosed with diabetes attend diabetic publicly funded self-management education programs. Emphasising the need for greater comprehensive care, especially in communities with low rates of health program utilization.
Sibbald, S. L., McPherson, C., & Kothari, A. (2013). Ontario primary care reform and quality improvement activities: An environmental scan. BMC Health Services Research, 13(1), 209. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-13-209
Summary of Findings: This study evaluates current quality improvement initiatives in Ontario, Canada and recommends an organized framework to ensure Patient’s Medical Home goals are met.
Daniel, D., Wagner, E., Coleman, K., Schaefer, J., Austin, B., & Abrams, M. (2013). Assessing Progress toward Becoming a Patient‐Centered Medical Home: An Assessment Tool for Practice Transformation. Health Services Research, 48, 1879-1897.
Summary of Findings: This study provides a Patients Medical Home implementation guide to monitor clinic progress in transitioning to patient-centred care. It highlights the importance of clinic quality improvement to ensure the best possible patient outcomes.
Hilts, L., Howard, M., Price, D., Risdon, C., Agarwal, G., & Childs, A. (2013). Helping primary care teams emerge through a quality improvement program. Family Practice, 30.
Summary of Findings: This study measured the relationship between healthcare team perceptions on their care roles and patient health outcomes. Healthcare teams with a better understanding of their role tended to see higher positive patient health outcomes.
Siminoff, L. A. (2013). Incorporating patient and family preferences into evidence-based medicine. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 13, S6. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6947-13-S3-S6
Summary of Findings: This study evaluates the importance of socio-cultural influences of health and it’s relationship to evidence based medicine. The author stresses the importance of patient-centred care and comprehensive care in order to achieve the best health outcomes.
Mittelstaedt, T., Mori, M., Lambert, W., Saultz, J. (2013). Provider practice characteristics that promote interpersonal continuity. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 26, 356.
Summary of Findings: This mixed method study examined the relationship between provider practice characteristics and interpersonal continuity. It determined patients receive greater continuity of care when they have access to nurses and physicians assistants in addition to their own personal family physician.
Giordano, C., Arenson, C., Lyons, K., Collins, L., Umland, E., Smith, K. (2013). Effect of the health mentors program on student attitudes toward team care. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine , 42, 120.
Summary of Findings: This study evaluates the effects of a longitudinal study on an education program to train future health professionals skills for efficient team-based care. The program resulted in a significant improvement in attitudes toward team care in addition to a higher quality of care.
Henschen, B., Garcia, P., Jacobson, B., Ryan, E., Woods, D., Wayne, D, et al. (2013) The Patient Centered Medical Home as Curricular Model: Perceived Impact of the "Education-Centered Medical Home". Journal of general internal medicine : JGIM, 28, 1105-1109.
Summary of Findings: This study tests the effectiveness of a program called the Education-Centred Medical home, which implements patient-centred care oriented goals into the final years of medical training. Students reported significantly higher levels of confidence in practicing continuity of care and patient centred care.
Fawole, O., Dy, S., Wilson, R., Lau, B., Martinez, K., Apostol, C., et al. (2013). A Systematic Review of Communication Quality Improvement Interventions for Patients with Advanced and Serious Illness. Journal of General Internal Medicine: JGIM, 28, 570.
Summary of Findings: This study evaluates the impact of various quality improvement methods on physician-patient communication. It finds that patient-centred consultative care is the most effective quality improvement intervention, especially among the chronically ill.
Sung, N., Markuns, J., Park, K., Kim, K., Lee, H., Lee, J. (2013). Higher quality primary care is associated with good self-rated health status. The Journal of Family Practice , 30, 568-575.
Summary of Findings: This study determines that there is a high association between quality of primary care and patient reported health outcomes across a majority of demographics. Patients with the most positive health outcomes reported high levels of personalized, comprehensive, coordinated care from their personal family physician.
Kristjansson, E., Hogg, W., Dahrouge, S., Tuna, M., Mayo-Bruinsma, L., & Gebremichael, G. (2013). Predictors of relational continuity in primary care: Patient, provider and practice factors. BMC Family Practice, 14(1), 72. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2296-14-72
Summary of Findings: This cross-sectional study compared a variety of clinics sizes, for example number of physicians practicing, determined that continuity of care is best achieved in clinics with a smaller more cohesive health panel.
Haggerty, J., Roberge, D., Freeman, G., & Beaulieu, C. (2013). Experienced continuity of care when patients see multiple clinicians: a qualitative metasummary. Annals of Family Medicine, 11, 262-271.
Summary of Findings: This qualitative study reviews patient surveys on continuity of care. A majority of patients who experienced continuity of care also had a close relationship with a personal family physician and healthcare team.
Freeman, T., Brown, J., Reid, G., Stewart, M., Thind, A., & Vingilis, E. (2013). Patients’ perceptions on losing access to FPs: qualitative study. Canadian Family Physician, 59, 195-201.
Summary of Findings: This qualitative study interviews individuals on their health-related experiences after losing their personal family physician. A majority of participants reported distress, as they no longer had consistent access to preventative care. The quality of chronic illness management also decreased significantly.
Hudon, C., Tribble, D. S., Bravo, G., Hogg, W., Lambert, M., & Poitras, M., et al. (2013). Family physician enabling attitudes: a qualitative study of patient perceptions. BMC Family Practice, 14.
Summary of Findings: This descriptive qualitative study of patients with at least one chronic illness finds that a positive relationship with their personal family physician was one of the most crucial components to their quality of care. Patients report that physician understanding of their specific illness experience is directly related to health outcomes.
Brown, A. E., & Pavlik, V. N. (2013). Patient Centred Research Happens in Practice-Based Research Networks. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 26, 481-483.
Summary of Findings: This article discusses the benefits of conduting medical research in a clinic setting in order to obtain the best patient-centred results. Research suggests that policy makers invest in patient-centred research in these settings for outcomes that can be applied to actual medical practice.
Michael, M., Schaffer, S., Egan, P., Little, B., & Pritchard, P. (2013). Improving Wait Times and Patient Satisfaction in Primary Care. Journal for Healthcare Quality , 35, 50-60.
Summary of Findings: This study compares two frameworks designed to improve patient satisfaction by minimizing wait times. Both were able to reduce wait times by 10 minutes, leaving room for further research and quality improvement to build on these frameworks to increase quality of care.