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J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2012 Feb;23(1):414-24. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2012.0034.

What is the quality of preventive care provided in a student-run free clinic?

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Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06510, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The quality of preventive care provided in student-run free clinics has not been well documented, although an increasing number of vulnerable populations seek care in these settings.

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the rate of preventive care services provided in one student-run free clinic compared with national data. Design. Cross-sectional chart review.

PARTICIPANTS:

Randomly selected patients seen between October 2008 and 2009.

MAIN MEASURES:

Preventive screening guidelines by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

KEY RESULTS:

Among 114 patient charts examined, 48 (42.1%) received an HIV test, which did not differ from national rates (40.8%, p=.78). Similarly, 63.3% of patients received a fasting blood glucose test (64.2%, p=.92). Among eligible patients, 59.6% received a fasting lipid panel and 54.6% a Pap smear; lower than national rates (86.6%, p<.001, and 70.5%, p=.001 respectively), but not different compared with uninsured nationally (61.5%, p=.79, and 54.7%, p=.98).

CONCLUSIONS:

This student-run free clinic provided preventive services at comparable rates to national levels, but short of goals specified in Healthy People 2020.

PMID:
22643487
DOI:
10.1353/hpu.2012.0034
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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