Improving quality of preventive care at a student-run free clinic

PLoS One. 2013 Nov 21;8(11):e81441. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0081441. eCollection 2013.


Student-run clinics increasingly serve as primary care providers for patients of lower socioeconomic status, but studies show that quality of care at student-run clinics has room for improvement.

Purpose: To examine change in provision of preventive services in a student-run free clinic after implementation of a student-led QI intervention involving prompting.

Method: Review of patient charts pre- and post-intervention, examining adherence to screening guidelines for diabetes, dyslipidemia, HIV, and cervical cancer.

Results: Adherence to guidelines among eligible patients increased after intervention in 3 of 4 services examined. Receipt of HIV testing increased from 33% (80/240) to 48% (74/154; p = 0.004), fasting lipid panel increased from 53% (46/86) to 72% (38/53; p = 0.033), and fasting blood glucose increased from 59% (27/46) to 82% (18/22; p = 0.059).

Conclusions: This student-run free clinic implemented a student-led QI intervention that increased provision of prevention. Such a model for QI could extend to other student-run clinics nationally.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Ambulatory Care Facilities*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening
  • Middle Aged
  • Physical Examination
  • Preventive Health Services / standards*
  • Primary Health Care / standards*
  • Quality Improvement*
  • Students, Medical*
  • Young Adult