Project on Chippewa Reservation Leads to Better Health Outcomes

Development of evidence-based model of clinical management of patients with chronic conditions

    • December 9, 2004

From 2001 to 2004, staff from the Peter Christiansen Health Center of the Lac du Flambeau Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa piloted an evidence-based medicine/continuous quality improvement model of care for diabetes, asthma and heart disease.

Staff from the University of Wisconsin Medical School assessed the project's progress toward objectives, challenges, impact and lessons learned.

Key Results/Findings

  • Project staff:

    • Developed and implemented a structure and process for continuous quality improvement.
    • Reviewed and adopted new clinical care protocols for three selected conditions: asthma, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
    • Provided training and technical assistance to tribal clinicians and staff persons.
    • Based on the Wisconsin Medical School assessment, project staff reported that patient outcomes improved from fiscal year 2001 to fiscal year 2002, at least in part due to changes in clinical practice.