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November/December 2013 Annals of Family Medicine tip sheet
Date:11/11/2013

researchers develop and validate a new 15-item Work Relationships Scale to assess the quality of relationships in primary care settings. Working with 17 Department of Veterans Affairs primary care clinics, researchers analyze data from 457 clinician and staff surveys and 247 patient interviews and find evidence to support the scale's validity as well as preliminary evidence that relationship quality within clinics influences patients' experience of health care. Specifically, researchers found patients' "overall rating of health care," which reflects their perceptions of their care as a whole and "overall rating of doctor/nurse," which reflects their perception of individual clinicians, were both significantly associated with WRS scores, with lower WRS-scoring clinics receiving poorer patient quality ratings for both individual clinicians and overall health care. Given these findings, authors assert that primary care quality improvement efforts should include the assessment of work relationships.

Relationship Quality and Patient-Assessed Quality of Care in VA Primary Care Clinics: Development and Validation of the Work Relationships Scale
By Erin P. Finley, PhD, MPH, et al
South Texas Veterans Health Care System, San Antonio


Community Intervention to Increase Colon Cancer Screening Has Modest Success

Researchers describe a multicomponent community-based intervention to increase colon cancer screening in the rural northeast Colorado. The program, which included educational and motivational materials disseminated through local newspapers and other very targeted outlets (auction flyers, community organizations, etc.), successfully engaged community members and resulted in a modest, though not statistically significant, increase in overall colon cancer screening. Analyzing data from more than 1,000 pre- and post-intervention survey responses, researchers with the High Plains Research Network found a 5 percent increase in the p
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