142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Clinical practice characteristics and technology usage of physicians from the Mississippi hypertension specialist initiative

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

LaTonya Lott, MS, MPH , Office of Health Data and Research, Mississippi State Department of Health, Jackson, MS
Xavier Johnson, MPH , Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program, Mississippi State Department of Health, Jackson, MS
Augusta Bilbro , Office of Preventive Health, Mississippi State Department of Health, Jackson, MS
Background:  To meet the challenge of providing better treatment of hypertension to Mississippians, the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program created the Mississippi Hypertension Specialist Initiative (MHSI).  The goal of MHSI is to improve the quality of care strategies for patients by increasing physicians’ knowledge and skills in managing complex, treatment resistant forms of hypertension and increasing the number of certified hypertension specialists in Mississippi.

Methods:  Mississippi physicians were recruited to participate in a two-day clinical review course to prepare for the American Society of Hypertension Specialist Exam.  Prior to participating the two day-clinical review course, Mississippi physicians completed a survey about their medical practice, demographics, and current technology use. Frequency analysis using SPSS 21.0 was conducted on responses to survey questions. 

Results:  A total of thirty-three physicians completed the survey.  The majority of the physicians were male (69.2%), white (46.2%), and twenty years experience as a practicing medical doctor (66.7%), weekly patient load of 61-80 patients (38.5%), worked in a community clinic (45.5%).  Also physicians responded that they routinely used:  electronic billing of services (92.3%), electronic ordering of tests, procedures or drugs (84.6%), electronic patient medical records (84.6%), email other doctors to consult or communicate about patients (30.8%), email patients to communicate about care (23.1%), and computer-based decision support tools that provide real-time treatment recommendations or diagnostic support for patients (69.2%). 

Conclusion/Discussion: Examining Mississippi physicians’ practice and technology usage provided understanding of their delivery of health care services.  MHSI could serve as a model of quality improvement initiatives that focus on reducing CVD morbidity and mortality.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention

Learning Objectives:
Identify the clinical practice characteristics and technology usage of Mississippi physicians recruited during the first year of Mississippi Hypertension Specialist Initiative.

Keyword(s): Physicians, Hypertension

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the epidemiologist and evaluator of the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program for my state. One of my tasks is to evaluate the Mississippi Hypertensive Specialist Initiative.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.