Idaho is studying how doctors work with chronic disease

newsroom@idahostatesman.comMay 13, 2014 

Idaho is conducting a study of its primary-care doctors' approach to chronic diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

The study will look at their referral patterns, models for working with other providers and their use of electronic health records.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare contracted with Idaho State University, which hired a research firm in Denver to survey about 1,000 health-care providers and medical practices in the state. Doctors and practices are offered $20 to complete the survey, which is either 30 or 40 questions, depending on who's taking it.

The survey is estimated to cost $97,000 and will be completed at the end of June, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

The survey provides a baseline for agencies like the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to use in determining how best to tackle the rise in chronic diseases like diabetes. It also will help the department figure out how well certain federally funded chronic disease prevention and control programs are working.

The project's partners and supporters include Idaho Medicaid, Qualis Health, the Idaho Medical Association, the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians, the Idaho Primary Care Association and St. Luke's Health System.

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