Using patient-reported data to improve chronic disease care

AHRQ_InnovationsExFrom AHRQ’s Innovations Exchange:

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, chronic diseases are responsible for 70% of deaths in America each year, and 75% of the nation’s health care spending focuses on chronic conditions. Using patient-reported data to help manage chronic disease care and reduce costs is a strategy that many health care providers are now exploring.

The featured Innovations describe a tool that uses self-reports from patients with diabetes to generate intervention options, a self-assessment for patients with mental illness that improves communication with providers, and a smartphone application that allows patients with Crohn’s disease to track health information and share it with providers.

The featured QualityTools include a pre-visit questionnaire for asthma patients, a quality-of-life assessment for diabetes patients, and a tool to help patients track and monitor their blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, diet, and physical activity.

For more information, visit AHRQ’s Innovations Exchange.

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