Idaho Diabetes and Hypertension Primary Care Survey
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 18, 2014
IDAHO DIABETES AND HYPERTENSION PRIMARY CARE SURVEY
Pocatello – Idaho State University (ISU) is partnering with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) to conduct a baseline study on primary care providers’ use of team-based care, referral patterns, and electronic health records (EHR) for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. Nearly 1,000 individual providers and practices across Idaho will be invited to participate in an online survey. A summary of survey results will be available by June 30, 2014.
Organizations partnering with ISU and DHW for this project include the Idaho Medical Association, the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians, the Idaho Primary Care Association, and St. Luke’s Health System. ResolutionResearch.com, a Denver-based multi-method survey research firm with experience conducting diabetes and heart disease-specific surveys, will work closely with ISU and DHW to deliver this important survey.
Results from this baseline survey will be used to develop plans to promote prevention, early detection, and treatment of chronic diseases in Idaho. Diabetes and hypertension, while harmful on their own, are also risk factors for other chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, end stage renal disease, peripheral artery disease, and blindness. Since primary care is the first point of entry into the healthcare system for many patients, delivering effective prevention, early detection, and ongoing management can improve patients’ health, reduce chronic disease rates, and lower healthcare costs.
If you are an Idaho physician or practice manager, you may access the study directly by clicking here. Or feel free to contact anyone listed below for more information.
Neill Piland, Director, Institute of Rural Health, Pocatello, ID, 208-282-4436, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole Runner, Program Manager, Boise, ID, 208-334-0648, email@example.com