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J Altern Complement Med. 2009 Mar;15(3):305-20. doi: 10.1089/acm.2008.0224.

The development of a prospective data collection process in a traditional Chinese medicine teaching clinic.

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  • 1Wolfe-Harris Center for Clinical Studies, Northwestern Health Sciences University, Bloomington, MN 55431, USA. mmaiers@nwhealth.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

There is a growing need for students and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine to gain experience with standardized data collection, patient outcomes measurement, and practice-based research. The purpose of this paper is to describe the development of a process for standardized data collection that could eventually be adopted for clinical, research, and quality assurance purposes.

SETTINGS/LOCATION:

The setting for this study was an acupuncture and Oriental medicine teaching clinic in Bloomington, Minnesota.

METHODS:

Four (4) aspects of data collection were assessed and improved, including intake and post-treatment questionnaires, follow-up with patients, integration of data collection into clinic flow, and commitment of resources to the project.

OUTCOME MEASURES:

The outcomes measures were data collection and missing data rates, burden on patients and clinic staff, and efficiency of data entry.

RESULTS:

Revision to the data collection process resulted in decreased burden to patients and staff, more detailed and aggressive follow-up protocols, enhanced training for clinic staff, and increased personnel and data-related resources.

CONCLUSIONS:

The systematic collection of descriptive and clinical characteristics can be accomplished in a teaching clinic with thoughtful attention paid to data collection protocols, dedicated resources, and the involvement of all relevant personnel.

PMID:
19292655
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PMCID:
PMC3189004
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