Improving Quality of Care for Elderly Patients in the Educational Setting

2014-08-27 03:15:29 | BioPortfolio


This is a multi-center exploratory study (each site got local IRB approval) of the impact of an educational toolkit combined with a practice-performance self-evaluation instrument (ABIM Care of the Vulnerable Elderly Practice Improvement Module) on trainee knowledge, skills, and attitudes about practice-based learning and improvement and systems-based practice in the care of elderly patients.


This is a longitudinal quasi-experimental study. Programs will be randomly assigned to either the comparison or intervention group, stratified based on program size, affiliation, geographic location, and presence of a geriatrics fellowship program.

Faculty will be trained in use of the CoVE PIM and in the development and implementation of a quality improvement plan. Residents in the intervention group will perform the medical record audit portion of the CoVE PIM. Patient surveys will be distributed by the residency clinics. The goal will be to audit the medical records of patients who complete the patient survey. Residents in intervention groups will participate in completing the practice system survey as a group. Finally, the residents in the intervention group will use the data from the medical record audit, patient survey, and practice system survey, working with faculty, to develop a quality improvement project to improve care for their geriatric patients.

Local medical record abstractors will be trained to perform a separate medical record audit of a random sample of the same patients identified by the residents for both the intervention and comparison groups. The abstractors will perform both a baseline and follow-up audit and will target the same patients who are still living from the baseline period. The follow-up audit will occur 12 months after completion of the initial PIM data collection phase, or approximately 18 months after the initiation of the study.

Evaluation of study outcomes will occur on the program, resident, and patient level.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Investigator)




ABIM Care of Vulnerable Elderly Practice Improvement Module, Geriatric and Quality Improvement toolkit




American Board of Internal Medicine

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:15:29-0400

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