Does having the same doctor care for you in both the outpatient clinic and in the hospital improve your overall care? Please join our study and help us find the answer. Request Information Here

In the Hospital...

Does having the same doctor care for you in both the outpatient clinic and in the hospital improve your overall care? Please join our study and help us find the answer. Request Information Here

In the Clinic...

WOULD YOUR HEALTH CARE BE BETTER IF YOU HAD 
THE SAME DOCTOR IN CLINIC AND IN THE HOSPITAL? 

Join the University of Chicago Medicine
Comprehensive Care Program Study
and Help Us Find Out! 

ABOUT THE STUDY

Not long ago, most patients admitted to the hospital were seen by the same doctor who also cared for them in the outpatient clinic. Many patients found comfort in seeing their regular doctor who already knew their medical history and their family.

Today, many patients have a primary care doctor who sees them in the outpatient clinic.   However, if they have to stay in the hospital, they get care from a doctor they do not know.

Many people believe the relationship between patients and their doctors is key to better health. This led us to ask if care would be better if patients were seen by the same doctor in the clinic and the hospital. This study has been funded by Medicare to find out if patients are happier with their care, and have better health and lower health care costs if they see the same doctor in clinic and the hospital compared to having different doctors in the clinic and the hospital.

To find out which is better, half the patients in the study will have a doctor who sees them both in clinic and in the hospital. The other half can stay with their current doctor or get information about other primary care options. We will review patients’ medical records and call them every 3 months to learn about their health and the quality of care they receive.

IS IT BETTER TO GET CARE FROM THE SAME DOCTOR IN CLINIC AND THE HOSPITAL?

Many people think that the doctor-patient relationship is key to better health care. If that is true, patients who are often in the hospital might get better care if they could see the same doctor in clinic and in the hospital. To find out if this is true, we are conducting a research study to see if patients get better care when then they havea doctor who will care for them both in clinic and in the hospital. We are calling these doctors who give care both in clinic and in the hospital Comprehensive Care Physicians (or CCPs for short). So that our CCPs have time to see their patients in clinic and the hospital, they focus their practice on a small number of patients who are more likely to need hospital care. They also work closely with a team of nurses, social workers and other health professionals personalized to each patient’s needs. 

We hope that our CCP research study will show that this approach to care can improve health for patients who are more likely to need care in the hospital. To find out, we are doing a study that will offer some patients selected at random the option to get care in clinic and the hospital from one of our CCPs. We are looking for patients who have been in the hospital in the past year who might want to join our study. If we find out that the program makes care better, we hope that more programs like this will be started. 

WHO CAN ENROLL?

To join the study, you must:

  • Have Medicare part A and part B
  • Have been in the hospital in the past year
  • Be willing to get primary care from one doctor in both the clinic and the hospital
  • Provide consent to join the study.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

After you join the study, you will be placed in one of two groups:

  • In one group, you will get care from one of our doctors both in the outpatient clinic and in the hospital.
  • In the other group, you will keep your current doctors or be given information to helo you change doctors if you want. If you are staying in the hospital, a doctor who works there will care for you.
  • In both groups: We will call you every 3 months and review your health records to learn the quality of care you receive. You can still see your current specialist doctors if you want to. 

WHY PARTICIPATE?

  • You could get care from one of our doctors in clinic and the hospital who will get to know you and your medical history.
  • You will be part of a study that might improve health care for you and other people.

CONTACT US TODAY

To join the Comprehensive Care Program Study,
or for more information,

Contact Us:

Call: 773-702-4444 

E-mail:  ccpresearch@bsd.uchicago.edu


The project described was supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1C1-12- 0001 from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

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