Open Journal of Preventive Medicine

Volume 4, Issue 12 (December 2014)

ISSN Print: 2162-2477   ISSN Online: 2162-2485

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Impact of Relaxation and Group Psycho-Education on Health Outcomes Using Integrated Care Models and Quality Improvement

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DOI: 10.4236/ojpm.2014.412100    2,243 Downloads   2,817 Views   Citations

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this Integrated Care Practice Change and Quality Improvement (ICPCQI) initiative was to evaluate the impact of wellness and relaxation and group psycho-education on health out-comes in an integrated care setting. Individuals diagnosed with mental illness and a co-occurring chronic medical condition participated in the ICPCQI initiatives which were run by peer support and wellness experts in an integrated care setting over the one-year project implementation period. Evaluation of outcome measures revealed an overall decline of 8.3% (p < 0.0001) and 7.3% (p < 0.0001) in the average systolic and diastolic blood pressure respectively. There was a 12.3% (p = 0.02) reduction on the average PHQ-9 scores. GAD-7 (p = 0.9) scores had a mean reduction of 1.5%. These preliminary results suggest that the evidence-based ICPCQI initiatives positively impact health outcomes among individuals with mental illness and chronic medical conditions.

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Okafor, M. , Ede, V. , Kinuthia, R. , Strotz, D. , Marchman, C. , Weeks, S. and Satcher, D. (2014) Impact of Relaxation and Group Psycho-Education on Health Outcomes Using Integrated Care Models and Quality Improvement. Open Journal of Preventive Medicine, 4, 887-896. doi: 10.4236/ojpm.2014.412100.

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