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How Educating Practices Works


Evidenced-based Training

Research suggests that traditional methods of education, such as conferences and grand rounds, and distribution of literature have little impact on changing practice. That’s why Educating Practices uses academic detailing, an evidence-based educational strategy, to promote practice change.

The academic detailing model:

  • Includes onsite visits to primary care child health sites to provide training to promote change
  • Has been shown to be effective in a variety of practice areas, including Autism screening, asthma care, and pain and fear associated with immunizations

Unique Training Experience

Two aspects of Educating Practices make it a unique training experience:

  1. Focus on the education of the entire office team, including nurses, physicians, and administrative staff to promote a team approach to practice change
  2. Emphasis on practice-based change made possible by state and local resources and policies

Results: Educating Practices is working:

After Educating Practices trainings, more than 90 percent of practices said: 

  • The training was useful
  • They have enough information to implement change
  • They will change their practice

Through sixteen years of Educating Practices trainings, CHDI has helped 80% of Connecticut’s pediatric practices improve the quality of their care and expand the scope of their services.

Connecticut children are healthier because of Educating Practices. Trainings have directly contributed to increased rates of screening for developmental issues, screening for behavioral health concerns, and preventive oral health services in Connecticut.

Contact Lisa Honigfeld to learn more about how Educating Practices works or read our IMPACT publication.