Comparative Trial of a Web-Based Tool to Improve the Quality of Care Provided to Older Adults in Residency Clinics: Modest Success and a Tough Road Ahead - American Board of Medical Specialties

With an aging population and a shrinking geriatrics workforce, it is important to assess the quality of care that internal medicine and family medicine residents can provide to older Americans. Researchers in this study investigated the impact of utilizing the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Care of the Vulnerable Elderly (CoVE) Practice Improvement Module (PIM) among internal medicine and family medicine residencies. The PIM consisted of a medical record audit, microsystem survey and patient survey. Upon receiving the results, the residents set goals to improve the quality of care they were delivering. While performance improved in clinics using the ABIM CoVE PIM for important performance measures, the overall quality level of care for older adults in residency clinics remained poor.

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