Providing self-healthcare for well adults can increase cost-effectiveness

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/150444
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Presentation
Title:
Providing self-healthcare for well adults can increase cost-effectiveness
Abstract:
Providing self-healthcare for well adults can increase cost-effectiveness
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2001
Conference Date:November 10 - 14, 2001
Author:Grossman, Sheila, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:Fairfield University
Title:Assistant Professor
This nurse practitioner-run college health care clinic strives to provide excellent primary care. The purpose of this project was to begin refocusing patients to take responsibility for their own health, decrease perceived need for antibiotics, maximize use of resources, and to decrease overall clinic costs. By providing patient education and over-the-counter medications for symptoms of the common cold in the clinic lobby, patients were instructed to determine if they could manage their own symptoms or if they perceived the need to see a nurse practitioner. Outcome analysis one and one-half years after the initiation of this care model indicates 78% (n=79) did not seek further follow-up after using the self-care station. Only seven of the twenty-three (22%) who used the self-care station and then, within 48 hours, made an appointment with a nurse practitioner, actually had more than a common cold diagnosis. The diagnoses included sinusitis, Group A B-hemolytic streptococcus pharyngitis, and bronchitis. No significant demographics except gender (r= , p<.05) were identified as positively correlating with using the self care model. More females (68% (n=70) than males (28%) used the new care model. The self-care model allowed for 102 patients not to be seen by a nurse practitioner thereby yielding a cost savings of approximately $14.40/patient or a total of $1468.80. In order to further increase cost effectiveness a vending machine prototype will be used to dispense the over-the-counter medications and disposable thermometers in the future. Treatments for other common symptoms are being developed and more attention to advertisement regarding the self care stations availability is in process.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
10-Nov-2001
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleProviding self-healthcare for well adults can increase cost-effectivenessen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/150444-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Providing self-healthcare for well adults can increase cost-effectiveness</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2001</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">November 10 - 14, 2001</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Grossman, Sheila, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Fairfield University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">sheilacg@aol.com</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">This nurse practitioner-run college health care clinic strives to provide excellent primary care. The purpose of this project was to begin refocusing patients to take responsibility for their own health, decrease perceived need for antibiotics, maximize use of resources, and to decrease overall clinic costs. By providing patient education and over-the-counter medications for symptoms of the common cold in the clinic lobby, patients were instructed to determine if they could manage their own symptoms or if they perceived the need to see a nurse practitioner. Outcome analysis one and one-half years after the initiation of this care model indicates 78% (n=79) did not seek further follow-up after using the self-care station. Only seven of the twenty-three (22%) who used the self-care station and then, within 48 hours, made an appointment with a nurse practitioner, actually had more than a common cold diagnosis. The diagnoses included sinusitis, Group A B-hemolytic streptococcus pharyngitis, and bronchitis. No significant demographics except gender (r= , p&lt;.05) were identified as positively correlating with using the self care model. More females (68% (n=70) than males (28%) used the new care model. The self-care model allowed for 102 patients not to be seen by a nurse practitioner thereby yielding a cost savings of approximately $14.40/patient or a total of $1468.80. In order to further increase cost effectiveness a vending machine prototype will be used to dispense the over-the-counter medications and disposable thermometers in the future. Treatments for other common symptoms are being developed and more attention to advertisement regarding the self care stations availability is in process.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:24:38Z-
dc.date.issued2001-11-10en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:24:38Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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