Quality Improvement for Cost Effective Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention Services

Year: 2015
Funding: PHSSR PHS4 Award
Status: Completed

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The University of Florida Center for Health Equity and Quality Research (CHEQR), in collaboration with the Florida Public Health Practice Based Research Network (FL PBRN), seeks to improve the cost effectiveness and efficiency of sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing, treatment and control services. Previous research on costs of STI services reveals opportunities for improvements which reduce expenses while maintaining value and quality of services. These opportunities stem from varying policy and administrative mechanisms, such as using the most cost-effective technologies, substituting trained technicians for licensed personnel, and charging service costs to the county of client residence. In this study, investigators from CHEQR and FL PBRN seek to refine and encourage implementation of the findings by 1) using practice-based participatory approaches in all Florida counties to clarify evidence-based interventions to increase STI service cost effectiveness; and 2) comparing effects of the resulting quality improvement-based cost interventions among participating and non-participating Florida County Health Departments. 



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William Livingood, Jr., Ph.D. and Lori Bilello, Ph.D., M.B.A., M.H.S.
​University of Florida