Evaluation of a patient-centered after visit summary in primary care

Alex D. Federman, Lina Jandorf, Joseph DeLuca, Mary Gover, Angela Sanchez Munoz, Li Chen, Michael S. Wolf, Joseph Kannry

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Objective: To test the impact of a redesigned, patient-centered after visit summary (AVS) on patients’ and clinicians’ ratings of and experience with the document. Methods: We conducted a difference-in-differences (DiD) evaluation of the impact of the redesigned AVS before and after its introduction in an academic primary care practice compared to a concurrent control practice. Outcomes included ratings of the features of the AVS. Results: The intervention site had 118 and 98 patients in the pre- and post-intervention periods and the control site had 99 and 105, respectively. In adjusted DiD analysis, introduction of the patient-centered AVS in the intervention site increased patient reports that the AVS was an effective reminder for taking medications (p =.004) and of receipt of the AVS from clinicians (p =.002). However, they were more likely to perceive it as too long (p =.04). There were no significant changes in overall rating of the AVS by clinicians or their likelihood of providing it to patients. Conclusions: A patient-centered AVS increased the number of patients receiving it and reporting that it would help them remember to take their medications. Practice implications: Improvements in the patient-centeredness of the AVS may improve its usefulness as a document to support self-management in primary care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1483-1489
Number of pages7
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2018


  • After visit summary
  • Electronic health record (EHR)
  • Health literacy
  • Patient-Centered


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