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Telephone Education and Follow-up Improve Adherence to Comprehensive Care in Sickle Cell Disease

Patik, Meredith Suzann (2005) Telephone Education and Follow-up Improve Adherence to Comprehensive Care in Sickle Cell Disease. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Programs such as routine follow-up phone calls are an important part of public health. These programs are developed as a means to enhance the medical care offered by physicians. It brings many services to the public, making them more accessible for everyone. Integrating outreach programs in order to provide services to help meet the needs of a chronically ill population is of great importance to the field of public health. It is vital for patients with sickle cell disease to adhere to comprehensive care in order to decrease the morbidity and mortality of the disease. Patients who do not adhere to the recommended routine of care set forth by their physicians run the risk of developing serious complications or even death. The Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh has established an outreach program that is aimed at increasing attendance to comprehensive care clinic, as well as educating patients and their families about sickle cell disease. All active patients were routinely contacted via phone in order to remind them to schedule an appointment in the clinic and to provide a range of services over the phone, such as prescription refills, answering questions about sickle cell disease, and psychosocial support. The patients were also asked questions about their home care routine so as to follow-up with them. This outreach program has been successful in increasing attendance to comprehensive clinic and in increasing the number of patients who are compliant with annual screenings.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Patik, Meredith
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKrishnamurti,
Committee MemberGettig, Elizabethbetsy.gettig@hgen.pitt.eduBGETTIG
Committee MemberButler,
Date: 14 June 2005
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 7 April 2005
Approval Date: 14 June 2005
Submission Date: 15 April 2005
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Human Genetics
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: comprehensive care; education; penicillin; telephone; transcranial Doppler; sickle cell disease; stroke
Other ID:, etd-04152005-152946
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:37
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2016 14:35


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