Clinical-Community Relationships Evaluation Roadmap

Appendix C: Examples of Current State of Practice

In addition to evidence regarding measures and effectiveness of clinical-community resource relationships for the delivery of clinical preventive services, the project team identified several examples of relevant current practices reported on the AHRQ Innovations Exchange (, a Web-based repository of new and better ways to deliver health care. An earlier AHRQ-funded project (Porterfield et al., 2012) included in-depth case study assessments of five clinical-community resource relationships. Using mostly qualitative descriptive data, the investigators examined how clinical-community resource relationships for preventive services were implemented, including an analysis of predisposing, enabling, and reinforcing factors. It was not within the scope of this project to identify a comprehensive list of current practices or to conduct in-depth assessments; however, a few examples illustrate some existing approaches to fostering clinical-community resource relationships for delivery of preventive services.

Each of these programs reported successful linkages of patients with community resources and/or improvements in targeted behaviors.

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Internet Citation: Appendix C: Examples of Current State of Practice. Content last reviewed July 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.