MCH Best. NPM 1: Well-Woman Visit
Computerized Reminder System
MCH Strategy. Support a cell phone texting program to send reminders to patients 48 hours before scheduled annual visit.
Overview. The use of provider and patient reminders may result in increases in the uptake of preventive services among eligible primary care patients.”1
Evidence. Moderate Evidence. Provider reminder/recall systems appear to be effective. Access the peer-reviewed evidence through the MCH Digital Library. (Read more about understanding evidence ratings).
Target Audience. Provider/Practice.
Outcome. Percent of women with a past year preventive visit. For detailed outcomes related to each study supporting this strategy, click on the peer-reviewed evidence link above and read the "Intervention Results" for each study.
Examples from the Field. There are currently 1 ESMs across all states/jurisdictions that use this strategy directly or intervention components that align with this strategy. Access descriptions of these ESMs through the MCH Digital Library. You can use these ESMs to see how other Title V agencies are addressing the NPM.
Sample ESMs. Using the strategy “Support a cell phone texting program to send reminders to patients 48 hours before scheduled annual visit,” here are sample ESMs you can use as a model for your own measures using the Results-Based Accountability framewor (for suggestions on how to develop programs to support this strategy, see The Role of Title V in Adapting Strategies)k:
Note. ESMs become stronger as they move from measuring quantity to measuring quality (moving from Quadrants 1 and 3, respectively, to Quadrants 2 and 4) and from measuring effort to measuring effect (moving from Quadrants 1 and 2, respectively, to Quadrants 3 and 4).
1 Kaczorowski, J., Hearps, S. J., Lohfeld, L., Goeree, R., Donald, F., Burgess, K., & Sebaldt, R. J. (2013). Effect of provider and patient reminders, deployment of nurse practitioners, and financial incentives on cervical and breast cancer screening rates. , 59(6), e282-e289.