The Program Being Evaluated
Partnerships for Quality Education (PQE) was launched in 1996 with an $8.3 million grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts. Guided by Pew's vision of better preparing primary care residents for practice in the evolving world of health care, PQE used its resources to foster collaboration between academic medical centers and managed care organizations. Between 1996 and 1999, PQE funded 66 partnerships to develop new curricula and new models for training future clinicians in the skills and competencies of managing care
In 1999, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) awarded PQE a grant of $8.9 million to continue its work in developing new models for education. With funding from RWJF, PQE continued its work on the Partnerships Program, adapting the program as managed care changed, and added initiatives in teamwork (Collaborative Interdisciplinary Team Education) and chronic illness management (Take Care to Learn). In 2003, PQE launched the Achieving Competence Today (ACT) initiative to help residency and nurse practitioner programs transform teaching around systems and practice improvement.
About the Evaluation
Beginning in 1998—funded initially by the Pew Charitable Trusts, and then by RWJF—the evaluation consisted of a survey of 63 project directors in order to define the specific managed care competencies and related patient care tasks that residence program directors expected residents to learn as a result of the new training. (This initial work did not address itself to nurse practitioner students; however the findings informed the evaluation and curriculum design as it later applied to projects for both medical residents and nurse practitioners.)
Michael Yedidia, a professor at Rutgers University, and Jessica Greene, an assistant professor at the University of Oregon, Eugene, conducted the evaluation of the Partnerships Program.
Summary of Methods
For the evaluation of the Partnerships Program, Yedidia and co-evaluator Greene administered surveys that 56 of its 58 project directors completed in 1999 and 2000. They also developed a managed care knowledge assessment that project directors distributed to their learners in 2000; 600 learners at 17 of the projects completed it. The evaluation—surveys and the knowledge assessment—focused on their subjects before and after involvement with the Partnerships Program and measured the change in focus on managed care competencies among medical residency and nurse practitioner education programs and in their learners' knowledge of those competencies.
Knowledge and Impact
In 2000, Yedidia and his colleagues published an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association that identified the managed care competencies and associated clinical patient care tasks that both residency directors and managed care medical directors felt would be important to patient care in the next five years. See Program Results Report for additional information.