A nurse-initiated reminder system for the periodic health examination. Implementation and evaluation

Arch Intern Med. 1984 Nov;144(11):2167-70.


Implementation of specific health maintenance recommendations into practice settings has been difficult. We introduced a nurse-initiated health maintenance reminder system into a university-based internal medicine practice setting. We then compared performance of selected items (Papanicolaou smear, stool examination for occult blood, breast examination, and influenza immunization) in the practice before and after institution of the system. The system required no additional personnel and was quickly learned by the nursing staff. There were significant increases in the performance of stool examination for occult blood (32% to 47%), breast examination (29% to 46%), and influenza immunization (18% to 40%) after the reminder system was introduced. A nurse-initiated health maintenance reminder system is a feasible and effective method for implementing periodic health examination procedures into a practice setting.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Appointments and Schedules*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Hospital Bed Capacity, 500 and over
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • North Carolina
  • Nursing Staff*
  • Physical Examination*
  • Primary Prevention / methods*
  • Random Allocation
  • Time Factors