No technological innovation is a panacea: A case series in quality improvement for primary care mental health services

Sarah Mc Cue Horwitz, Kimberly Eaton Hoagwood, Andrew Garner, Michael MacKnin, Thomas Phelps, Steven Wexberg, Conrad Foley, Joseph C. Lock, Jacalyn E. Hazen, Raymond Sturner, Barbara Howard, Kelly J. Kelleher

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Abstract

Evaluations of quality improvement efforts targeted at mental health services in primary care pediatrics are rare. We evaluated a short-targeted educational session, a Web-based system, the Child Health and Development Interactive System, and a local area mental health services resource guide. Most physicians believed the information in the educational session was at least somewhat likely to change their practice. However, only 9.2% of the families invited to complete the Web-based system did so. Physicians found access to the Web-based system time consuming and, because the billing code for the screening activity was carved out of most of Ohio's privately-insured contract, physicians received no reimbursement for the screenings. Physicians were unenthusiastic about the local resource guide because the resources were not rated for quality. This quality improvement effort demonstrates that there are not easy solutions to practice change and highlights the need for implementation support when introducing new technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)685-692
Number of pages8
JournalClinical pediatrics
Volume47
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2008

Keywords

  • Mental health
  • Primary care
  • Quality improvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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