Carol L. Ireson

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OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to examine the information-seeking behaviors (e.g., information resource usage patterns, access to types of sources and to medical libraries, and use of particular information technologies) of members in a primary care practice-based research network (PBRN) to inform future efforts supporting primary care practitioners in(More)
Refining the clinical care process to produce high-quality patient outcomes is becoming increasingly important as health care administrators strive for success in a mature managed care environment. This study examines the effect of structuring interventions and the evaluation of patient response, inherent in the critical pathway process, on clinical,(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine the current levels of information technology (IT) use in a primary care practice-based research network (PBRN) in order to inform future development of its infrastructure. PARTICIPANTS Every primary care practitioner who is a member of the Kentucky Ambulatory Network (KAN),as well as the office managers of each practice.(More)
OBJECTIVE This study evaluated the quality and cost effectiveness of health care provided in urban and rural elementary school-based telehealth centers, using plain old telephone system (POTS) technology. METHODS A telehealth school-based model was developed that used a full-time school nurse, half-time mental-health consultant, linked pediatric practice,(More)
In recent decades, coalitions have been established to address many public health problems, including injury prevention. A partnership among the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center and four injury prevention coalitions has documented the developmental stages of successful coalitions. This developmental process was constructed through the analysis(More)
The authors developed a list of population-based public health competencies. They surveyed the chief executive officer, chief medical officer, and chief quality control person at a randomly selected group of managed care organizations drawn from the membership of the American Association of Health Plans. The authors asked them to rank those competencies(More)
BACKGROUND Information transfer is critical in the primary care to specialist referral process and has been examined extensively in the US and other countries, yet there has been little attention to the patient's perspective of the information transfer process. This cross-sectional study examined the quality of the information received by patients with a(More)
The current emphasis on quality of healthcare, cost effectiveness, and consumer satisfaction demands a better understanding of the relationship between the process of care and the outcomes of care. As patients become more active in defining healthcare quality, outcome measures are becoming increasingly patient focused. To meet these new demands for(More)
Community involvement with public health planning and implementation are vital to improving community health. There are a variety of community health models that are available. We describe these four models from the perspective of how they involve the broader community. These models are evaluated from a different perspective about linking the community and(More)