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The development of a prospective data collection process in a traditional Chinese medicine teaching clinic.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19292655     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: There is a growing need for students and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine to gain experience with standardized data collection, patient outcomes measurement, and practice-based research. The purpose of this paper is to describe the development of a process for standardized data collection that could eventually be adopted for clinical, research, and quality assurance purposes.
SETTINGS/LOCATION: The setting for this study was an acupuncture and Oriental medicine teaching clinic in Bloomington, Minnesota.
METHODS: Four (4) aspects of data collection were assessed and improved, including intake and post-treatment questionnaires, follow-up with patients, integration of data collection into clinic flow, and commitment of resources to the project.
OUTCOME MEASURES: The outcomes measures were data collection and missing data rates, burden on patients and clinic staff, and efficiency of data entry.
RESULTS: Revision to the data collection process resulted in decreased burden to patients and staff, more detailed and aggressive follow-up protocols, enhanced training for clinic staff, and increased personnel and data-related resources.
CONCLUSIONS: The systematic collection of descriptive and clinical characteristics can be accomplished in a teaching clinic with thoughtful attention paid to data collection protocols, dedicated resources, and the involvement of all relevant personnel.
Michele Maiers; Eileen McKenzie; Roni Evans; Mark McKenzie
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.)     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1557-7708     ISO Abbreviation:  J Altern Complement Med     Publication Date:  2009 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-03-18     Completed Date:  2009-06-25     Revised Date:  2013-06-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9508124     Medline TA:  J Altern Complement Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  305-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
Wolfe-Harris Center for Clinical Studies, Northwestern Health Sciences University, Bloomington, MN 55431, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Academic Medical Centers / organization & administration
Attitude of Health Personnel*
Complementary Therapies / education
Education, Medical, Undergraduate / organization & administration*
Evidence-Based Medicine / organization & administration*
Medicine, Chinese Traditional / methods*
Pilot Projects
Professional-Patient Relations
Program Evaluation
Quality Assurance, Health Care
Students, Medical / statistics & numerical data
Grant Support

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