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Impact of an Urban Project ECHO: Safety-Net Clinician Self-Efficacy Across Conditions

Published:January 10, 2023DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2022.11.004

      Introduction

      To mitigate the lack of specialty healthcare, Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) trains community-based primary care clinicians to better prevent the progression of, manage, and treat common health conditions. ECHO-Chicago launched in 2010 as the first urban-centered ECHO program, focusing on safety-net clinicians, and has trained over 5,175 community clinicians across 34 topic areas. This paper examines self-efficacy among ECHO-Chicago participants across 11 clinical series, including a novel use of qualitative themes from self-efficacy questions.

      Methods

      Five years of baseline and postseries survey data were collected from 2014 to 2019, resulting in 951 participants. Paired t-tests assessed change from baseline survey to postsurvey, and Cohen's d determined effect size. Change was assessed by individual series, adult or pediatric focus, participants’ prescription privilege status, and across series by qualitative question theme. Metrics included total change, any improvement, a 10% target, and a clinical competency threshold. Analysis occurred from July 2020 to January 2022.

      Results

      All clinical series achieved statistically significant improvement in self-efficacy, and most had a large effect size. A total of 80% had any improvement, 65% met the 10% target of 0.7 points, and 52% met the competency threshold of 5.0 in the postsurvey. Prescribers had a significantly greater increase in their self-efficacy scores than nonprescribers. With a comparison across series, each theme achieved statistical significance, with most reaching large effect sizes.

      Conclusions

      ECHO-Chicago successfully increased participants’ self-efficacy. This inquiry adds an urban focus, years of data, multiple series, and a novel qualitative theme component to enable comparisons across rather than solely within the ECHO series.
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