Inconsistent Quality of Medical Care for Veterans with Chronic Diseases Reported in Population Health Management

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Designed to evaluate the quality of chronic disease management provided in Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals, this study of nearly 140,000 veterans, by Britta Neugaard, PhD, MPH, and colleagues, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and University of South Florida, Tampa, and GlaxoSmithKline, Research Triangle Park, NC, assessed adherence to nationally recognized treatment guidelines for common chronic conditions. The study was designed to evaluate the combined impact of recent advances and strategies for improving the quality of medical care. These include the use of electronic medical records in the VA health system, coordination of care, reliance on clinical practice guidelines that are increasingly evidence-based, and performance monitoring.

The goal of the study, entitled, “Quality of Care for Veterans with Chronic Diseases: Performance on Quality Indicators, Medication Use and Adherence, and Health Care Utilization,” was to identify benchmarks for use in targeting areas in need of improvements in disease prevention and intervention.

“Once again we see that our nation still has a long way to go to improve the quality and safety of medical care, especially for our veterans,” says Journal Editor-in-Chief David B. Nash, MD, MBA, Dean, Jefferson School of Population Health (Philadelphia, PA).

Population Health Management is an authoritative peer-reviewed journal published bimonthly in print and online that reflects the expanding scope of health care management and quality. The Journal delivers a comprehensive, integrated approach to the field of population health and provides information designed to improve the systems and policies that affect health care quality, access, and outcomes, thereby improving the health of an entire population. Comprising peer-reviewed original research papers, clinical research and case studies, the content includes a broad range of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic pain, diabetes, depression, and obesity, as well as focusing on various aspects of prevention and wellness. Tables of contents and a free sample issue may be viewed online.

Population Health Management is the Official Journal of the Care Continuum Alliance.   

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