AHRQ announces winners of Evidence-Based Care Challenge

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, has announced the winners of its Evidence-Based Care Challenge, a pilot project developed to increase awareness and use of evidence-based healthcare tools in the retail health setting.

The EBC Challenge, launched by AHRQ through the Community Forum with American Institutes for Research and a subcontract to AcademyHealth, ran from June 18 to 
Oct. 19, 2012.

Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, researchers and other professionals worked to find creative ways to translate existing AHRQ research reports into provider-friendly resources for use in retail settings. Challenge entrants were asked to use research findings from the AHRQ Health Literacy report, plus either the Otitis Media report or the Screening for Obesity in Children and Adolescents report as a basis for their submission.

An independent panel of experts selected the winning teams on the basis of effectiveness, usefulness, scalability, creativity and 
team composition.

Coming in at first place was the QR Medica team for its beta-version Web site featuring evidence-based content on Otitis media for both healthcare providers and patients. Future versions of the website may include content on other key conditions commonly treated in the convenience care setting.

First-place team members included:

  • Team Lead: Kelly McGee of Take Care Health Services in New Albany, Ohio;

  • Melinda McGaughy of Take Care Health Services in Heath, Ohio;

  • Paul Vineyard, freelance IT;

  • Janet Schmittgen of Walgreens in Heath, Ohio;

  • Christine Lake, a nursing student at the American Institute of

  • Alternative Medicine in Columbus, Ohio;

  • Jordan A. McGaughy, a nursing student at Central Ohio Technical College in Newark, Ohio; and

  • Amanda McGaughy, a nursing student at Ohio State University in Columbus.

Coming in at second place was the PAWS team, which developed a double-sided brochure on Otitis media intended to help patients navigate treatment decisions with their provider at the point of care.

Members of PAWS team included:

  • Team lead: Janette Capaci of CVS Caremark’s Minute Clinic in Lexington, 
S.C.; and

  • CVS Caremark members in Lexington: Larry Powers, Patti Langston, Kristy Clark, Amanda Matthews, Deborah Boland, Maria Taylor, Cheryl Lee, Brandon Batchelor and Coulton Giles.

Taking third place was the Tympanic Trio for its paper brochure “flipbook” on Otitis media with images on both sides of every page. The resource is designed so that as care providers view clinical information on one side of a page, patients simultaneously see useful information in plain language on the opposite side.

Members of the Tympanic Trio included:

  • Team Lead: Nicola Archie of MinuteClinic in Tampa, Fla.; and

  • MinuteClinic members: Tara Jones and Richard Kuehne.

In addition, AHRQ expressed its interest in hearing from health professionals in the retail health setting and for professionals to continue to look for ways to engage with its Effective Health Care Program. The EHC Program funds individual researchers, research centers and academic organizations to produce effectiveness and comparative effectiveness research. Research findings are translated into useful formats for consumers, clinicians and policy-makers.

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