Department of Defense Study

09 September 2003 - 18:12

CV Outcomes has collaborated with Yale University to design and conduct a randomized controlled trial examining the impact of implementing decision support tools at two military treatment facilities.

The decision support tools tested in the study were the Problem-Knowledge Couplers® from the Problem-Knowledge Coupler Corporation. A total of 1,902 patients were enrolled and randomized (936 to the Coupler group and 966 to Usual Care) from April through December, 2002. The primary aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of Couplers on quality of care measured through 24 health care quality process measures, grouped into screening/prevention and acute/chronic disease categories. Other outcomes included evaluation of the impact of the Couplers on resource consumption, and patient and provider satisfaction.

Final analysis of the study is ongoing and results should be in publication soon.


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