Volume 51 | Number 1 | February 2016

Abstract List

Megan McHugh Ph.D., Jillian B. Harvey M.P.H., Ph.D., Raymond Kang M.A., Yunfeng Shi, Dennis P. Scanlon Ph.D.


To determine whether chronically ill adults from communities participating in a community‐level quality improvement effort reported greater improvement on four domains of patient experience: care coordination, patient satisfaction, provider interaction and support, and receipt of recommended care for diabetes.

Study Setting

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Aligning Forces for Quality (4Q) initiative provides multistakeholder alliances with funding and technical assistance to improve quality in their communities.

Study Design

This is a quasi‐experimental, pre‐post study. We used a difference‐in‐difference approach to detect relative changes over time on 16 survey‐based outcome measures representing the four patient experience domains.

Data Collection

We surveyed adults with chronic illness(es) in 14 4Q communities and a national comparison group. Wave 1 was completed in 2008 (8,140 respondents) and wave 2 in 2012 (9,565 respondents).

Principal Findings

Respondents from 4Q communities reported modestly greater improvement on patient satisfaction and receipt of recommended care for diabetes.


Results suggest that community‐level efforts led by multistakeholder alliances hold the potential to improve patient satisfaction and receipt of recommended care for diabetes, but the magnitude of the effect may be limited. However, there is less evidence that community‐level can improve patient perceptions of care coordination or provider interaction and support.