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Effectiveness of Colorectal Cancer Screening Messaging
Jhaveri M, Cambon J, Cordier T, Haugh G. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2016;14:e27.
For people due for colorectal cancer screening, a patient mailing from the health plan including their doctor’s contact information improved screening compliance by up to 1.3 percentage points, depending on the type of mailing.
Digital Health Program for Diabetes Risk Reduction
Castro Sweet CM, Chiguluri V, Gumpina R, et al. J Aging Health. Epub ahead of print. Published online January 24, 2017.
Older adults at risk of diabetes lost an average of 7.5% of body weight and improved other risk factors through a remote, digital version of the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), which was offered as a Medicare Advantage plan benefit.
Missed Opportunities for HPV Vaccination
Espinosa C, Woods C, Marshall G, et al. Poster presentation at: Pediatric Academic Society. April 30 - May 3, 2016; Baltimore, MD.
In over half (53%) of vaccine-related office visits (n=12,940) for adolescent girls in this study, the HPV vaccine was not given, representing nearly 7,000 missed opportunities.
Variations in Health Coaching Goals
Wallace A, Bogard M, Kukreja V, et al. Poster presentation at: 37th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. March 30 - April 2, 2016; Washington, DC.
In this study of health coaching data, women were more likely to set lifestyle-related goals, while men were more likely to set condition-related goals.
Synchronization of Medication Refill Dates and Adherence
Doshi JA, Lim R, Li P, et al. Health Affairs. 2016;35(8):1504-1512.
In this prospective controlled study, synchronizing prescription refill dates of multiple medications increased adherence up to 5 percentage points relative to control.
Direct Patient Messaging and Statin Adherence in Diabetes
Reese PP, Kessler JB, Doshi JA, et al. J Gen Intern Med. 2016;31(4):402-10.
Provision of direct reports to patients regarding their medication adherence interventions had no observable impact on their adherence levels in two randomized controlled pilot trials.
Effectiveness of Medication Adherence Reminders Tied to “Fresh Start” Dates: A Randomized Clinical Trial
Dai H, Mao D, Riis J, et al. JAMA Cardiol. Epub ahead of print. Published online February 8, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2016.5794
Contrary to expectations, a randomized controlled trial revealed that timing medication reminders to arrive near New Year’s Day or a birthday did not improve medication adherence.
Trusted Influencer Messaging and Medication Adherence
Clark S, Lawnicki V, Pearce H, et al. Trusted third party for medication adherence. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2016;9(Suppl 2):A266.
Mailed letters from a celebrity did not affect adherence as much as messages from clinicians in this prospective controlled study.
Measuring Quality of Life in Days … Healthy Days
Slabaugh L, Shah M, Zack M, et al. Popul Health Manag. 2016 Mar 31. Epub ahead of print.
In this article, the authors describe the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Quality of Life tool, Healthy Days, and why quality of life is so important in improving health.
Patient Preferences and Priorities in End-of-Life Care
Rackow E, Ofori A, Rodkey W, et al. Poster Presentation at: Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium. October 9-10, 2015. Boston, MA.
This evaluation of a counseling program found that 85 percent of participants moved along the readiness-for-change continuum regarding their own end-of-life preferences and priorities.
Food Insecurity in Primary Care Patients
McGrath E, Renda A, Eaker E, et al.
Humana partnered with Feeding America to survey patients attending three primary care clinics. Results revealed high levels of food insecurity, which was associated with poorer quality of life (more unhealthy days).
Quality of Life and Progressing Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
Cordier T, Slabaugh SL, Haugh G, et al. Poster Presentation at 19th-annual scientific meeting of the Heart Failure Society of America. September 26-29, 2015. National Harbor, MD.
This retrospective study found that quality of life worsens as CHF progresses, with as many as four to seven incremental unhealthy days per month.