Academic Chronic Care Collaborative
The Academic Chronic Care Collaborative is an initiative of
the American Association of Medical Colleges' (AAMC) Institute for Improving
Clinical Care, which was established in 2003 to promote health care innovations
in academic centers throughout the country.
Beginning in January 2005 the Academic Chronic Care
http://www.improvingchroniccare.org/index.php?p=ACCC&s=41 ) coordinated
the efforts of 48 teams from 22 medical schools and teaching
hospitals that are working
to strengthen the quality of chronic care provided through their clinics.
Jointly led by Dr. David P. Stevens, director of the AAMC's
Institute for Improving Clinical Care, and Dr. Ed Wagner, director
of the MacColl Institute for Healthcare Innovation at the Center for Health
Studies, the Academic Chronic Care Collaborative aimed to:
- Improve the care of patients who are chronically ill and receive
their care in academic settings.
- Ensure that clinical education associated with such care occurs
in an exemplary academic environment.
- Capture the unique aspects of implementing the Chronic Care Model
in academic settings.
the Chronic Care of Disadvantaged
Populations in Academic Care Settings
To enhance and disseminate the work of the Academic Chronic
Care Collaborative, Delmarva Foundation and the American Association of Medical
Colleges led an initiative on behalf of the Agency for Healthcare Research and
Quality (AHRQ) entitled "Enhancing the Chronic Care of Disadvantaged Populations
in Academic Care Settings."
The objective of the initiative
- Capture innovative best practices, lessons learned, and success
stories from high-performing academic settings.
- Rapidly disseminate the information among Academic Chronic Care
Collaborative participants and academic clinics (beyond those reached by the collaborative)
that serve disadvantaged populations.
The Site-Visit Toolkit
To accomplish this dual purpose, the American Association of
Medical Colleges, AHRQ, and Delmarva Foundation selected four exemplary
Academic Chronic Care Collaborative organizations from around the country to
share key strategies and interventions, tools, and outcomes with other Academic
Chronic Care Collaborative participants. The four sites were:
- Summa Health System,
- Oregon Health & Science
University, Portland Oregon.
- University of Cincinnati
Academic Health Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.
- Vanderbilt University Medical
Center, Nashville, Tennessee.
How to Use This Toolkit
This toolkit provides materials that
explain the concepts, change strategies, tools, and resources to teach
residents and improve care for patients with chronic illness in an academic
setting. It will assist academic healthcare environments in implementing the
Chronic Care Model approach.
Depending on one's knowledge of
the Chronic Care Model, the site can be easily navigated to advance an
organization's progress. The lessons learned by the organizations involved in
the Academic Chronic Care Collaborative provide a guide to others implementing
the model. Adapting and replicating their best practices saves time and reduces
the cost of implementation.
Each section is self contained;
reader may navigate the site based on interest and familiarity with the model
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