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Journal of Nursing Care Quality:
doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e31827e7aec
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Improving Wait Times in Primary Care Using the Dartmouth Microsystem Improvement Curriculum

Malloy, Christine DNP, MS, MSN, RN; Little, Barbara Battin DNP, MPH, RN, APHN-BC, CNE; Michael, Melanie DNP, MS, FNP-C, CPHQ

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Abstract

Wait times for medical care are a major factor in patient satisfaction with health care. The Dartmouth Microsystem Improvement Curriculum and Plan-Do-Study-Act improvement method were used to address patient dissatisfaction with wait times among patients receiving primary care in a Federally Qualified Health Center. Wait time data were collected for 406 patient visits during the pretest phase and 397 visits during the posttest phase. Improvements in patient satisfaction with waiting room wait time (P = .023) and examination room wait time (P = .009) were achieved.

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