Table 2.

Resources and Assistance Used in Prescription for Health Projects to Reach Out Beyond the Office

PBRNResources and Assistance
Note: The contents of this table were reviewed and edited by investigators from each of the 17 Prescription for Health projects.
ACORN = Virginia Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network; APBRN = Alabama Practice Based Research Network; CaReNet = Colorado Research Network; CECH = Center to Enhance Child Health Network; CRN = University of California at San Francisco (UCSF)/Stanford Collaborative Research Network; COOP = Dartmouth-Northern New England COOP Project; GRIN = Great Lakes Research Into Practice Network; HPRN = High Plains Research Network; KAN = Kentucky Ambulatory Network; MAFPRN = Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians Research Network; MNCCRN = Midwest Nursing Centers Consortium Research Network; NECF = New England Clinicians Forum Practice-Based Research Network; NOPCRN = Northwest Ohio Primary Care Research Network; PBRN = practice-based research network; PDA = personal digital assistant; PitNet = Pediatric PitNet; PPRG = Pediatric Practice Research Group; PSARN = Pennsylvania State Ambulatory Research Network; RAP = Research Association of Practices; VaPSRN = Virginia Practice Support and Research Network.
ACORNPatient access to Web-based information and linkage with community and practice resources
APBRNTelephone contact by practice extender; personalized materials and referral to local resources
CECHCopy of action plan; e-mail contact from health advisor based on action plan
CRNTelephone follow-up
COOPWeb site interaction at home before or after visit; self-management; referral to community resources at schools, home/social services, lay volunteer programs; establish community health alliances
GRINConsultation assistance by nurse-consultants from health systems for self-selected systematic change in practice; many practices developed packets of educational materials tailored to targeted behaviors or stage of readiness, some including lists of local resources
HPRN, CaReNetGoal “prescription”; feedback logs
KANMailed educational material; telephone counseling
MAFPRNPrint or online motivational information, self-help guidebook; telephone or Web-based motivational counseling, referrals to community resources and programs, telephone and e-mail follow-up from clinics, follow-up visits
MNCCRNTelephone reminders and follow-up; “health buddy,” food diaries, pedometers; organized visits to safe walking routes, fast food restaurants, super-markets, community exercise facilities, and food preparation classes
NECFPatient education literature; referrals to community resources
NOPCRNPedometer; activity log; nurse surveillance visits; telephone follow-up
PitNetSelf-monitoring book; handouts; telephone follow-up
PPRGAge- and nutritional status–specific handouts on health behaviors
PSARNEducational materials; self-help guidebook; telephone or e-mail contact from nurse-educator; referral to community resources
RAPPatient access to Web-based information and linkage with community and practice resources
VaPSRNPatient resources suggested by PDA software