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2021 CHI Poster Hall


CP12 - Culture, COVID-19, and Community Impact


Jun 23, 2021 6:11am ‐ Jun 23, 2021 6:11am

Description

CP12 - Culture, COVID-19, and Community Impact

Poster Type: Research

Track/Topic: A. T. Still University;Quality of Care and Quality Improvement

Research Objectives: The purpose of this quality improvement project was to assess the attitudes and practices of adult patients, serviced by the North Central Texas Community Health Center in Wichita Falls Texas, in regard to COVID-19 prevention practices. This information may help determine gaps in participant knowledge and identify areas for intervention.

Research Study Design/Methods: An electronic survey was used to assess participants’ knowledge of COVID-19 preventative practices. The survey consisted of 8 questions and utilized the Likert Scale to determine how often individuals practice social distancing, hand hygiene, and mask-wearing. The patient portal system randomly generated a list of patients that had previously consented to receive emails. These patients were automatically sent an email with an explanation and a link to an external survey tool, which was designed to be confidential and voluntary. The survey was available for approximately 2 weeks. A follow-up reminder email was sent one week later.

Research Principal Findings and Quantitative/Qualitative Results: The project is ongoing and data collection will be completed on April 28th. Results will be used to convey the prevailing attitudes and beliefs in the patient population of North Central Texas Community Healthcare Center based on a significant sample size. After online distribution to the target population for a period of 10 business days, we anticipate receiving 150 responses. We will perform quality control by ensuring that all questionnaires are completely filled out and de-identified. Identifying these gaps in either knowledge or belief will inform future interventions.

Research Conclusions on Impact on Health Centers: The results of this project will be used to demonstrate the level of understanding and level of adherence to personal hygiene and social-distancing protocols. We would theorize a number of reasons exist for any deficiencies, including a lack of awareness on appropriate pandemic etiquette, crowded/poor living conditions, and or inequitable access to resources such as protective equipment. These results may be used by care providers at NCTCHC to determine the types of education they may need to provide for their patients regarding COVID-19 prevention practices.

Authors:

Ezra Yu, OMS, A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona

Brinton Wise, OMS, A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona

Jacob Kaiser, DO, RDME, North Central Texas Community Health Center

Vicki Johnson, BS MT(ASCP), CHC, CHPC, Director of Compliance, North Central Texas Community Health Center

Kate Whelihan, MPH, CPH, COPC and Public Health Research Specialist, Department of Public Health, A T Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Joy H. Lewis, DO, PhD, FACP, Professor, Medicine and Public Health Chair, SOMA Dept. of Public Health, A T Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine


Speaker(s):

  • Vicki Johnson, BS MT(ASCP), CHC, CHPC, Director of Compliance, North Central Texas Community Health Center
  • Jacob Kaiser, DO, RDME, North Central Texas Community Health Center
  • Joy H. Lewis, DO, PhD, FACP, Professor, Medicine and Public Health Chair, SOMA Dept. of Public Health, A T Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Kate Whelihan, MPH, CPH, COPC and Public Health Research Specialist, Department of Public Health, A T Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Brinton Wise, Student, A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
  • Ezra Yu, Student, A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona

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