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Clinical practice: Acute low back pain
Adult patients presenting to Banner Health Network (BHN) primary care offices with a diagnosis of acute low back pain not associated with trauma or systemic illness will receive assessment and treatment consistent with evidence-based practice. Includes guidelines for assessment, use of diagnostic imaging and testing, and therapies.
- Clinical practice: Acute low back pain (loaded 07/12)
Clinical practice: Type II diabetes care in the primary care setting
Adult patients (ages 18-75) with Type 2 diabetes presenting to primary care offices within the Banner Health Network (BHN) and Banner Medical Group (BMG) will be regularly screened for complications of their diabetes and will receive assistance in managing any associated hypertension, dyslipidemia, obesity and tobacco use.
Clinical practice: Pediatric asthma – inpatient and outpatient management
Pediatric asthma patients (age < 18) will be identified in any Ambulatory Care setting, Emergency Department, General Pediatric Ward or Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) or throughout the continuum of hospital stay and have standardized interventions of time-sensitive therapy utilizing an asthma severity score to identify patients with mild, moderate, or severe asthma. The clinical approach to asthma in our pediatric population will focus on four components of asthma care: measures to assess (utilizing an asthma severity score) and monitor asthma, patient and family education, control of environmental factors and other conditions that can worsen asthma, and medications. For chronic asthma care, management will be based on the 2007 National Health Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) recommendations, using a stepwise approach to assess asthma severity, in which rescue and controller medication doses or types are stepped up as needed and stepped down when possible. All patients in the ambulatory setting and inpatient setting should be discharged with a standardized Home Management Plan of Care.
Clinical practice: Depression screening (adults and adolescents in primary care settings)
It is an expected clinical practice that patients > 12 years of age presenting to primary care offices will be screened for depression using an age-appropriate standardized screening tool. Positive screening results will trigger further evaluation. After diagnosis is confirmed using standard diagnostic criteria, an individual plan of care will be developed for treatment and follow-up.