Change in Residents' Experience in Continuity Clinic After Patient-Focused Primary Care Redesign

Benjamin Fogel, Stephen Warrick, Jonathan A. Finkelstein, Melissa Klein

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Objective Evaluation of efforts to redesign primary care has primarily focused on clinical services, with limited assessment of the effect on learners. This study evaluated the change in pediatric residents' perception of training, teamwork, and patient care in 2 different continuity clinic settings that were implementing patient-focused primary care redesign. Methods Continuity clinic residents at 2 large urban pediatric training programs completed a survey, developed de novo, before and after primary care redesign. Differences in the proportion of positive (≥4 of 5) ratings before and after redesign were compared using chi-squared tests in 2 practice sites, each of which focused on improving specific aspects of their practice. Results The response rate was >70% in both sites and in both years. Residents in the site focused on teamwork and continuity were more likely to report improved teamwork training (64% vs 83%; P < .05) and teamwork among residents (82% vs 98%; P < .05) after redesign. Perception of overall quality of care in clinic also improved (47% vs 68%; P < .05). Residents in the site focused on clinic flow were more likely to report that physicians, nurses, and administrative staff worked together to optimize patient flow after redesign (25% vs 48%; P < .05). No improvements were seen in domains without focused interventions in either site. Conclusions Practice redesign focused on clinical outcomes can positively affect resident perception of their training and clinical experience in continuity clinic. Future redesign efforts deliberately involving residents might further enhance continuity clinic training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)616-620
Number of pages5
JournalAcademic Pediatrics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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