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EvidenceNOW Southwest

 The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced $112 million in funding to help 5,000 primary care professionals improve heart health. DI will support the EvidenceNOW Southwest project, based at the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine, and enrolling practices in Colorado and New Mexico.

The EvidenceNOW initiative establishes seven regional cooperatives composed of multidisciplinary teams of experts that will each provide quality improvement services to up to 300 small primary care practices. These services include onsite coaching, consultation from experts in health care delivery improvement, sharing best practices, and electronic health record support. This initiative will help small primary care practices incorporate the most recent evidence on how best to deliver the ABCS of cardiovascular prevention into their patients' care: Aspirin use by high risk individuals, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation.

DARTNet Institute is a subcontractor on this project, and has been tasked with housing and presenting practice data, similar to how we present information in our Practice Performance Registry



Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) grant No. R18 HS023904


Primary Care Practices' Ability to Report Electronic Clinical Quality Measures in the EvidenceNOW Southwest Initiative to Improve Heart Health.
Knierim KE, Hall TL, Dickinson LM, et al. JAMA Netw Open. 2019;2(8):e198569.
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A Community Engagement Method to Design Patient Engagement Materials for Cardiovascular Health.
English AF, Dickinson LM, Zittleman L, et al. Ann Fam Med. 2018;16(Suppl 1):S58-S64.
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Practice Transformation Support and Patient Engagement to Improve Cardiovascular Care: From EvidenceNOW Southwest (ENSW)
W. Perry Dickinson, Donald E. Nease, Robert L. Rhyne, Kyle E. Knierim, Douglas H. Fernald, Dionisia R. de la Cerda and L. Miriam Dickinson. The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine September 2020, 33 (5) 675-686.
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