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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 51-55

Addressing outpatient continuity for ambulatory training: A novel tool for longitudinal primary care sign out

1 Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education, West Haven; Department of Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA
2 Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education, West Haven, CT, USA
3 Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education, West Haven; Department of Internal Medicine, Section of General Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA

Correspondence Address:
Theodore Long
Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, 333 Cedar Street, SHM IE-61, P.O. Box. 208088, New Haven, CT 06520
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1357-6283.178923

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Background: We created a tool to improve communication among health professional trainees in the ambulatory setting. The tool was devised to both inform practice partner teams about high-risk patients and assign patient follow-up issues to team members. Team members were internal medicine residents and nurse practitioner fellows in the VA Connecticut Healthcare System Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education (CoEPCE), an interprofessional training model in primary care. Methods: We used a combination of Likert scale response questions and open ended questions to evaluate trainee attitudes before and after the implementation of the tool, as well as solicited feedback to improve the tool. Results: After using the primary care sign out tool, trainees expressed greater confidence that they could identify high-risk patients that had been cared for by other trainees and that important patient care issues would be followed up by others when they were not in clinic. In terms of areas for improvement, respondents wanted to have the sign out tool posted online. Discussion: Our sign out tool offers a strategy that others can use to improve communication and knowledge of shared patients within teams comprised of interprofessional trainees.

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