The AAFP National Research Network (AAFP NRN) is recruiting family physicians to participate in a project tasked with developing quality measures across the spectrum of children's health care.
The Collaboration to Advance Pediatric Quality Measures(www.ahrq.gov) is run by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York in conjunction with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and CMS. The collaboration is working to develop enhanced, evidence-based, well-specified and practical clinical quality measures that can be used to shape government policy, improve clinical practice and inform the decision-making process for physicians who care for children.
According to AAFP NRN project manager Rusty McLouth, the project is looking for primary care physicians and staff members who care for three distinct groups of patients: mothers who
- are more than 18 years of age, classified as high-risk OB patients and have had a live birth within the past 24 months;
- are more than 18 years of age, classified as high-risk OB patients, and had a baby under 2,000 grams who was admitted to the NICU; and/or
- have children who visited the emergency department for asthma-related reasons during the past 18 months.
"We are looking for physicians and their staff to sign up as well as assist us in recruiting 1-2 patients for one or more of the groups mentioned," McLouth said. "Each practice participant and patient that enrolls in the study will be required to participate in a 20- to 30-minute telephone interview.
"Practice participants may qualify for, and participate in, more than one survey and recruit patients for more than one group. Patients will receive $25 for the interview, while practice participants will receive $100 per interview and cohort they recruit up to $300."
To learn more about or enroll in the program, contact McLouth via email or at (800) 274-2237, Ext. 3182.