Purpose: An office-based pediatric quality improvement project was implemented to increase the number of well-child health visits and increase the documentation of pediatric quality measures in a Midwest rural clinic.
Project Description: The Bright Futures framework provided the structure for the project and a retrospective evaluation was performed six months after the initiation of practice changes, reminder letters, and public service announcements. Chart review was performed with a convenience sample of children ages 0 to 47 months from the database of the organization that supports the family practice clinic and emergency department. The descriptive analysis included change in proportions and percentages and chi-square analyses.
Outcomes: There was an increase the number of well-child visits by 65% in the six month period with a wider range of ages being seen. There was a 40% response rate of visits within two months of the reminder letters. Documentation increased in four out of nine quality measures with two measures remaining at 100%. Validated developmental and behavioral assessment tools were used consistently. A dialogue with the local health department was established to coordinate immunization and well-child visits.
Conclusions: The practice changes were found to be sustainable and consistent with quality pediatric care.
Keywords: rural pediatric, office-based, quality improvement
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