Reducing Unwarranted Clinical Variability through Patient Visit Frequency
As part of our Patient First focus, Healogics® is dedicated to continuously improving patient outcomes. A process was developed to identify and evaluate critical topics to determine the levers which would result in reducing unwarranted clinical variability across our organization and improve Comprehensive Healing Rates (CHR) amongst our patients. Four levers were identified utilizing the “CLEAR” (or Clinically-Led, Evidence-based, Analytically-driven, Research-informed) Approach, which involved reviewing internal and external research to identify evidence-based recommendations.
Patient visit frequency, along with preventing wounds, increasing patient engagement and utilizing advanced modalities, were identified as four key levers to reduce unwarranted clinical variability and improve CHR. The focus of this paper will be on the evidence and research supporting patient visit frequency, as it is the core foundation which supports the other three levers.