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Customized registry tool for tracking adherence to clinical guidelines for head and neck cancers: protocol for a pilot study.

  • Author(s): Hickey, Matthew D
  • Lisker, Sarah
  • Brodie, Shauna
  • Vittinghoff, Eric
  • Russell, Marika D
  • Sarkar, Urmimala
  • et al.
Abstract

Background

Despite recommendations for monitoring patients with chronic and high-risk conditions, gaps still remain. These gaps are exacerbated in outpatient care, where patients and clinicians face challenges related to care coordination, multiple electronic health records, and extensive follow-up. In addition, low-income and racial/ethnic minority populations that are disproportionately cared for in safety net settings are particularly at risk to lapses in monitoring.

Methods

We aim to implement and evaluate a health information technology platform developed using systems engineering methodologies. The implementation is situated in a clinic that monitors patients with head and neck cancer within a large, urban, publicly funded hospital. Our study will evaluate the time it takes for patients to progress through key treatment milestones prior to and after implementation of the tool. We will use models controlling for secular trend to estimate the effect of the tool on improving timely and successful completion of guideline-based care processes.

Discussion

This protocol details the evaluation of the effectiveness of a human-centered health information technology intervention on improving timely delivery of care for high-risk populations. Other settings, including those that face challenges related to limited resources to devote to safety programs and fragmented health information technology, may benefit from this approach.

Trial registration

ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT03546322. "Customized Registry Tool for Tracking Adherence to Clinical Guidelines for Head and Neck Cancers." Registered 1 June 2018.

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