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Strauss SM, Jensen AE, Bennett KJ, Skurksy N, Sherman SE, Schwartz MD. Clinicians’ panel management self-efficacy to support their patients’ smoking cessation and hypertension control needs. Translational behavioral medicine. 2014 Sep 16; 5(1):68-76.
Panel management, a set of tools and processes for proactively caring for patient populations, has potential to reduce morbidity and improve outcomes between office visits. We examined primary care staff's self-efficacy in implementing panel management, its correlates, and an intervention's impact on this self-efficacy. Primary care teams at two Veterans Health Administration (VA) hospitals were assigned to control or intervention conditions. Staff were surveyed at baseline and post-intervention, with a random subset interviewed post-intervention. Panel management self-efficacy was higher among staff participating in the panel management intervention. Self-efficacy was significantly correlated with sufficient training, aspects of team member interaction, and frequency of panel management use. Panel management self-efficacy was modest among primary care staff at two VA hospitals. Team level interventions may improve primary care staff's confidence in practicing panel management, with this greater confidence related to greater team involvement with, and use of panel management.