Health care teams could use social network analysis study findings to adjust team structures to help facilitate information exchange, promote collaboration, and improve team performance and patient outcomes.
Changing scope of practice regulations in Michigan to allow nurse practitioners to autonomously diagnose, treat, and prescribe medications could increase access to care, improve favorable utilization of care, and improve patient-centeredness.
Ethnic minority participants rated communication in simulated primary care visits substantially higher than White British participants, suggesting that lower scoring from minorities on the English GP Patient Survey reflects real quality differences.
RAND researchers examine the existing literature on the relationship between state scope-of-practice regulations for nurse practitioners and various health care delivery outcomes, then estimate the impact if Michigan expanded that scope of practice.
The policy environment related to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) would benefit from a discussion involving a wide range of stakeholders about how to unify definitions of CAM as a collection of treatments vs. CAM as a professional field.
Physician practice quality indicators from HEDIS (Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information) cannot be used to establish a uniform quality measure across clinical domains, but they can be used to create a small set of composite measures.
A study investigating the decisionmaking process undertaken by physicians when prescribing treatment for Hepatitis C and the comparative influence and importance of specific factors and combinations of factors.
The VA is considering expanding the role of nurse practitioners in order to provide veterans timely access to primary care services. Research has shown that nurse practitioners working in collaborative settings can provide high-quality care.
RAND researchers assessed Army medical practice in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and non-Veterans Affairs civilian facilities and suggested opportunities for improving military-civilian synergies.