Saturday, March 10, 2012

Week of March 9th

Friday Afternoon Seminar Replacement Activity

ACT Sheets: Clinical Decision Support Tools for Bridging Genetics, Primary Care and Public Health

Speakers: Barry Thompson, MD (Medical Director at American College of Medical Genetics) and

Alisha Keehn, MPA (NCC Project Manager)

Originally presented at HRSA on February 14th 2012

Accessed March 9th 2012


The ACT sheets (or Action Sheets) were developed as part of a collaborative agreement between the American College of Medical Genetics and HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and were intended to be a tool to guide the infant screening process. They are clinical decision support tools.

The QuIIN (Quality Improvement and Innovation Network) project was conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Medical Genetics with the intent of conducting a quality and utility analysis of the ACT sheets in 15 diverse primary care practices.

An interesting outcome of the study was that 86.7% of the participating sites reported that they found the ACT sheets improved the newborn screening process in their practice and helped develop a plan of action between parents and providers with no additional provider time necessary. The study also found that the primary care practices participating in the study increased their use of clinical decision support tools after the study.

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