Dates of Program: April 1999 through January 2009
Field of Work: Aligning the training of physicians and nurse practitioners with the demands of 21st-century clinical practice.
Problem Synopsis: In the 1990s, managed care became one of the dominant forces in health care. Physicians and nurse practitioners (NP's) were expected to know how to manage patients' health, often within a fixed budget. Although care was increasingly taking place in outpatient settings, physicians continued to receive most of their training in hospitals rather than in ambulatory care centers. They also received little training in preventive care, or in interprofessional collaboration.
Synopsis of the Work: Partnerships for Quality Education (PQE), was initially funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts (during which time it focused on physicians only) and then by RWJF (which expanded it to include NP's). The program sought to improve a core set of skills in physicians and nurse practitioners, including interprofessional collaboration, chronic illness management, systems-based care and practice-based quality.
Key Results: PQE consisted of four distinct programs. Selected key results for each—according to national program staff and/or the program's evaluators—are listed below: