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. 2012 Jul;102(7):e70-5.
doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300416. Epub 2012 May 17.

Community Health Worker Encounter Forms: A Tool to Guide and Document Patient Visits and Worker Performance

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Community Health Worker Encounter Forms: A Tool to Guide and Document Patient Visits and Worker Performance

Celeste A Lemay et al. Am J Public Health. .
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Abstract

Objectives: We explored the benefits of using community health worker (CHW) encounter forms to collect data on patient interactions and assessed the effectiveness of these forms in guiding and directing interactions.

Methods: A 1-page standardized encounter form was developed to document topics discussed during visits with diabetes patients. A portion of the form was designed to be used as a script to guide the interaction and assist patients in setting appropriate self-management goals. Data were also collected via CHW work logs and interviews with CHWs and their supervisors to validate findings.

Results: Data were collected for 1198 interactions with 540 patients at 6 community health centers. Self-management goals were set during 62% of encounters. With respect to the most recent self-management goal set, patients who had set a challenging goal were more likely to be in the action stage of change than in other stages. Work logs revealed that CHWs engaged in a number of activities not involving direct patient interactions and thus not captured on encounter forms.

Conclusions: Evaluating and monitoring CHWs' daily activities has been challenging. Encounter forms have great potential for documenting the work of CHWs with patients.

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Community health worker encounter form.

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