Posted: October 24, 2012

Project ECHO Nevada: Using Interprofessional Teams to Improve Health Care in Nevada

Description

Rural residents in Nevada tend to be older, poorer, and have a higher prevalence of suffering from chronic, complex, and costly illnesses and behaviors. The lack of both a sufficient primary and specialty care workforce in rural Nevada adds to the burden of illness. The average distance between rural Nevada towns and tertiary care hospitals is 115 miles. Some remote communities do not have full-time access to primary health care providers.

Access to specialty health care for rural residents is expensive and time-consuming. This often leads to delays in treatment and a reduced likelihood of compliance. Nevada's main challenge is to overcome the impediments of great distance and limited manpower that currently limit rural patient access to specialty health care. This poster describes the University of Nevada School of Medicine Project Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO), which provides interprofessional training to enhance the clinical capacity of rural primary and specialty health care providers to increase patient access in rural and medically underserved areas of Nevada.




*Presented at 2012 Annual Meeting MedEdPORTAL Poster Session

Keywords

Primary Care, Interprofessional, Rural, Health Equity Research, Team, Consultations

Authors

Laima Etchegoyhen, University of Nevada School of Medicine

Evan Klass, MD, University of Nevada School of Medicine

John Packham, PhD, University of Nevada School of Medicine

Melissa Piasecki, MD, University of Nevada School of Medicine

Melissa O'Brien, MS, University of Nevada School of Medicine


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