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Journal of Global Health Reports ; 6(e2022048), 2022.
Article in English | CAB Abstracts | ID: covidwho-2205660


Background: In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the development of the COVID-19 vaccine became a game-changing tool. However, the rapid development of the COVID-19 vaccine gave rise to various myths, misconceptions and hesitancies among people.

Journal of Global Health Reports ; 6(e2022041), 2022.
Article in English | CAB Abstracts | ID: covidwho-2205658


Background: Healthcare workers play a vital role in vaccine promotion and acceptance through community dialogue, education, and myth-busting. Vaccinated healthcare workers will likely recommend the vaccine to their families and community.

Journal of General Internal Medicine ; 37:S574, 2022.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1995809


STATEMENT OF PROBLEM/QUESTION: How can systems-based changes increase the rate of diabetic retinal scan (DRS) completion in a primary care clinic during the COVID pandemic with decreased in-person visits? DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM/INTERVENTION: The intervention was based in a primary care clinic associated with a public county-based health system. During the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person clinic visits were drastically reduced to prevent transmission, leading to a significant decrease in DRS completion rates. Additional barriers to completion of DRS screening included the following: (1) patients needed a separate, scheduled visit in our electronic medical record system (EPIC) for the DRS exam, (2) DRS clinic had limited hours during the primary care visit day, (3) many of our underserved patients could not afford consecutive clinic visits within a short period of time, and (4) providers signed the orders for DRS at the end of the visit;thus, nursing staff could not start scheduling patients an appointment until the end of the primary care visit. The intervention included two Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles. The first PDSA cycle involved a physician manually screening all patients due for DRS on a weekly basis if they were scheduled for a clinic visit in the upcoming week. For those identified, our nursing staff scheduled and completed a separate DRS appointment for the same day as the patient's clinic visit to minimize multiple visits. The second PDSA cycle involved using an EPIC tool, SlicerDicer, to automatically identify patient charts with overdue DRS screenings and upcoming clinic visits. The list of identified patients were then sent over to our nursing staff in order to schedule patients for their DRS on the same day as their clinic visit. MEASURES OF SUCCESS: We recorded diabetic retinal scan completion rate each month for one year from September 2020 to August 2021 to assess if rates would improve after our interventions. Monthly completion rates were measured on a rolling basis and based on the completion of the annual DRS for all clinic patients within the last 12 months. FINDINGS TO DATE: The percent of completed annual diabetic retinal exams for all clinic patients increased from 32.4% in September 2020 to 70.9% in August 2021 after implementation of our interventions. KEY LESSONS FOR DISSEMINATION: We identified system-based barriers that were negatively impacting our patients' ability to complete an important health maintenance screening such as the DRS exam. After identifying these barriers, we utilized existing tools and technology within our electronic medical record system to help patients complete their annual DRS exams and drastically increased overall clinic DRS completion rates.