Nonclinical "care guides" help improve outcomes, study shows

08/8/2013 | Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.)

Patients with chronic illnesses who were treated at primary care clinics in Minnesota's Twin Cities had better outcomes after working with nonclinical care guides who helped them navigate the health care system, Minnesota researchers reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Data showed patients using care guides had a 30.1% decrease in unmet health goals, compared with 12.6% of patients getting usual care, and average hospitalizations per patient dropped in the care guide group, but increased for those receiving usual care.

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