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Popul Health Manag. 2008 Oct;11(5):247-54. doi: 10.1089/pop.2008.0010.

Leveraging the trusted clinician: increasing retention in disease management through integrated program delivery.

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Take Care Health Systems, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. sharon.frazee@takecarehealthcare.com

Abstract

Disease management's (DM's) value largely depends on achieving and maintaining participation. Simply being enrolled in a program does not guarantee engaged participation by enrollees, a necessary factor to achieve the improved health outcomes and subsequent reduced health care costs that are the ultimate objective of DM. The objective of this study is to test the hypothesis that an integrated disease management (IDM) protocol (patent-pending), which combines telephonic-delivered disease management (TDM) with a worksite-based primary care center and pharmacy delivery, yields higher patient retention rates than traditional remote DM alone. An earlier study of the IDM protocol found that integrating a worksite-based primary care and pharmacy delivery system with traditional telephonic-based DM substantially increased contact, enrollment, and engagement rates compared to traditional stand-alone telephonic DM. This prospective cohort study tracks contact and enrollment rates for persons assigned to either IDM or traditional TDM protocols and compares participation rates at 6- and 12-month intervals as well as measures of continued retention in the DM program. The IDM protocol showed a significant improvement in participation persistence over traditional TDM. Integrating a worksite-based primary care and pharmacy delivery system led by "trusted clinicians at the workplace"trade mark with traditional telephonic-based DM not only increases contact and enrollment rates, but also results in higher patient engagement and retention. These improvements in participation are expected to result in improved outcomes for a larger proportion of the target population than traditional telephonic DM.

PMID:
18942916
DOI:
10.1089/pop.2008.0010
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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