Performance Improvement 2004. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Evaluation


This evaluation sought to: (1) determine how useful the United States Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) recommendations and products were, to primary care clinicians training programs and how the products could be made more meaningful, useful and relevant; (2) enumerate the ways that Task Force recommendations and other products are being used by training programs. (3) determine the optimal way to format and disseminate Task Force products including exploration of the acceptability of web-based media as a dissemination tool for future products in order to have the greatest impact on training programs. The evaluation consisted of a telephone survey designed to assess the satisfaction of health care teaching professionals with the informational materials developed by the Task Force. In addition to assessing the level of satisfaction with Task Force materials, the survey also obtained information on instructor knowledge and satisfaction with the Healthy People 2010 materials, Guide to Community Preventive Services and the Health Employer Data Information Set measures. The study concluded that: (1) More than 20% of educators contacted had no knowledge of the Task Force or its materials. (2) 93% of the instructors familiar with the Task Force were also familiar with some of the materials. The peers of over 85% of respondents familiar with the Task Force were also familiar with Task Force recommendations. (3) Task Force Materials were considered valuable tools both for  instruction and clinical practice; more than 70% of respondents rated the materials as an “8” or higher on a 10 point scale. This applied to both instructional and clinical uses. (4) 5% of respondents indicated they had decided not to use Task Force materials in their programs. (5) Respondents indicated that the Task Force Web Site was the most effective means of providing information on Task Force recommendations; 30% of respondents chose the Web Site; 25% chose the Guides to Clinical Practice; 20%, the Clinicians Handbook of Preventive Services. (6) 33% of the respondents believed that the Task Force had a substantial impact on training preventive services professionals. Relating to the questions concerning CDC preventive medicine programs the pertinent survey results included: (1) The survey population was considerably more familiar with the Healthy People 2010 initiative than the other 2 programs. More than 86% of respondents were aware of Healthy People 2010 compared to roughly 35% for the Guide to Community Preventive Services, and 39% for the Health Employer Data Information Set (HEDIS) measures. (2) On the whole, respondents viewed the CDC sets as materials as useful for instruction and clinical practice. Of those with knowledge of the materials, more than 86% viewed Healthy People 2010 as useful. The figure for the Community Guide was 92.9%, and for the HEDIS measures 73.2%.

PIC ID: 7673
Agency Sponsor: AHRQ, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Federal Contact: Coopey, Margaret, 301-594-4022
Performer: Washington Consulting Group, Bethesda, MD

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