Increasing compliance with mammography recommendations: health assessment forms.
BACKGROUND: Inexpensive reminder systems are needed to ensure that primary care physicians consistently provide health maintenance services to their patients. The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a simple, inexpensive health assessment form in place of the standard chart note to increase physician compliance with mammography recommendations. METHODS: A health assessment form with a reminder for screening mammography was implemented in a family practice in 1987 and was to be used as the official chart record for health maintenance visits. The charts of all women 50 years of age and older with two or more office visits during the years 1985 through 1988 were audited to determine how many mammograms were completed. Results were compared with mammography completion rates at a similar practice that did not use a health assessment form. RESULTS: The study group showed a significant increase in mammography completion after implementation of the form, with compliance increasing from 7.3% to 32.0% (P < .001). The comparison group had an increase in mammogram completion from 12.0% to 17.8% (P < .001). The difference between the changes in rates of mammography in the two practices was statistically significant (P < .001). Among women in the study group who had a scheduled health maintenance visit during the study period the average rate of mammography completion increased from 21.2% to 65.2% (P < .001). CONCLUSIONS: The addition of a health assessment form with a mammography reminder at the health maintenance visit is an effective and inexpensive method to increase compliance with mammography.
Yarnall, KS; Michener, JL; Broadhead, WE; Tse, CK
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