Implementing Health Assessments in Primary Care: A How-to Guide
Released: September 28, 2015
Expires: September 30, 2017
- CE for this activity will not be available after this date.
This is a recorded webinar and is not interactive. For any comments or questions about this activity use the comment box provided in the program's evaluation after you have completed the posttest successfully.
Health assessments are used to collect information to help primary care providers evaluate a patient’s health status and risks. The information is used to identify potentially problematic but treatable health behaviors and factors such as anxiety, alcohol use, depression, unhealthy eating, and sedentary lifestyle that patients often don’t bring up during a medical visit. However, research shows that many patients do not receive an assessment of health risks or a plan to address those risks.
The presenters discuss a new evidence-based guide, released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, that was developed for primary care doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants on how to successfully select, adopt and implement health assessments (HA) in primary care settings. The presenters describe how this new guide, Health Assessments in Primary Care: A How-to Guide for Clinicians and Staff, may be used to help clinicians decide which health assessments to use, how to integrate them into their daily work flow and how to engage patients. The presenters illustrate how this guide may be used to facilitate the effective implementation and use of HA in primary care. This guide is useful in the context of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): the ACA authorizes Medicare coverage of annual wellness visits and specifies that a health risk assessment be included as part of those visits.
Health Assessments in Primary Care: A How-to Guide for Clinicians and Staff: The health assessment guide was developed by a team of researchers led by Douglas Fernald, M.A., and David West, Ph.D., in the Department of Family Medicine at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine, the Colorado Health Outcomes Program, and the Shared Networks of Collaborative Practices and Partners. The guide was pilot-tested by primary care practices in Colorado, New Jersey, Georgia and Louisiana.
To access this guide, copy/paste the following URL into your browser window: http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/prevention-chronic-care/improve/system/health-assessments/index.html
After completion of this activity participants will be better able to:
• Illustrate how clinicians may use the guide to implement health assessments and engage patients
• Present a guide on how to select, adopt and implement health assessments in primary care
Additional Reference Material (copy/paste URL into your browser window):
Practice Facilitation Handbook: Training Modules for New Facilitators and Their Trainers: http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/prevention-chronic-care/improve/system/pfhandbook/index.html
Implementing PCMH: Practice Facilitation: https://pcmh.ahrq.gov/page/practice-facilitation
PBRN Resource Center: https:PBRN.AHRQ.gov
Richard Ricciardi, PhD, NP, FAANP
Douglas Fernald, MA
This program was planned in accordance with AANP CE Standards and Policies and is from the AHRQ’s Practice-Based Research Network Resource Center and Abt. Associates, and contract number 290-10-00004i, TO 6. Richard Ricciardi and Douglas Fernald have no relevant affiliations to disclose.
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