Rural Clinician Evaluation of Children's Health Care Quality Measures: An Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN) Study

Journal Name: 
J.Am.Board Fam.Med.
Authors: 
Fagnan,L.J.
Michaels,L.
Ramsey,K.
Shearer,S.
Droppers,O.
Gallia,C.
Abstract: 
BACKGROUND: Responding to quality metrics is an accepted and expected component of the current health care environment. Little is known about which measures physicians identify as a priority when reporting the quality of care to their patients, especially the care of children in rural settings. The objective of this study is for physicians caring for children in rural communities to identify which of the initial core sets of 24 child health quality measures are useful and are a priority for reporting and improving care. METHODS: A survey was sent to rural Oregon physicians who provide care to children. RESULTS: Of 955 eligible physicians, 172 (18%) completed the survey. The majority of respondents were family physicians (84%), and most respondents (58%) were in private practice. The child health measures stratified into 3 priority tiers: high, medium, and low priority. The top-tier priority measures included childhood immunization status, well-child visits, adolescent immunization status, body mass index assessment, and developmental screening. Dental treatment services, adequate prenatal care, and lower-birth-weight infants were among the lower-tier measures. CONCLUSIONS: The priority measures identified by rural family physicians reflect the relevance of the selected measures to their daily practice responsibilities, with missed opportunities to improve community health
9
2015
Volume: 
28
Pages: 
595-604
Keywords: 
Adolescent, Body Mass Index, Child, community, Environment, evaluation, Family, FAMILY medicine, Health, health care, Immunization, Infant, Medicine, Methods, Oregon, ORPRN, patient, Patients, Physicians, practice-based research, Prenatal Care, Preventive Medicine, Private Practice, Public Health, quality, Research, survey, Universities