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Pre-Med Student: Do You Know What You Don
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Poster Title: Pre-Med Student: Do You Know What You Don't Know? Assessment of Piedmont Athens Regional Internal Medicine Residents' Knowledge of Patient Assistance Programs
Submitted on 15 Oct 2019
Author(s): Daniel Dolinski; Megan Kral; Chase Shook;
Affiliations: Foothills Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
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Abstract: Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) were created to provide needed medical supplies to patients of low socioeconomic status. Many uninsured patients struggle to afford name-brand medications, and 13% of patients do not receive needed medications because of cost. However, patients are hospitalized 51% less when enrolled in PAPs. The goal of this study was to assess current Piedmont Athens Regional (PAR) Internal Medicine residents’ PAP knowledge to determine whether a PAP awareness intervention is needed, with the aim of decreasing patient hospitalizations due to the inability to obtain medication. A survey was conducted and consisted of questions that assessed residency year, confidence level in PAPs knowledge, and familiarity of PAPs requirements. The survey assessment guideline for a passing score was correctly answering greater than or equal to 4 of the 8 content questions. 60% of GME Internal Medicine residents must exhibit sufficient understanding to be considered a PAP-knowledgeable program. After the surveys were evaluated, only 20% of residents received a passing score. Third year residents achieved the highest passing rate of 33%. First year residents had the lowest passing rate of 13%. It was concluded that the residents did not have sufficient knowledge of the PAPs, and there is a need for a PAP-awareness intervention program in order to increase PAP knowledge within the PAR Internal Medicine Residency Program. A handout was given to residents after the survey was completed as an intervention to increase PAP knowledge. Future studies will determine if the handout was effective in improving residents’ knowledge of PAPs and increasing PAP enrollment as a way to reduce patient hospitalizations for chronic illnesses.Summary: The goal of this study was to assess current Piedmont Athens Regional (PAR) Internal Medicine residents’ PAP knowledge to determine whether a PAP awareness intervention is needed, with the aim of decreasing patient hospitalizations due to the inability to obtain medicationReferences: 1. Huddleston, W. Establishment of a Successful Prescription Assistance Program. Piedmont Athens Regional Community Care Clinic.
2. Burley M., DarathaK, Tuttle K, et al. Connecting Patients to Prescription Assistance Programs: Effects on Emergency Department and Hospital Utilization. J ManagCare Spec Pharm.2016;22(4):381-87.
3. ValidusPharmaceuticals. “ValidusPharmaceuticals Enrollment Application.” Patient Assistance Program -RxHope, 2015, www.rxhope.com/PAP/pdf/valpae1161.pdf.
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