The Hershey Access Clinic: A model for improving patient access

Bryan E. Anderson, James G. Marks, Erika Downs, Tamy Buckel, David R. Adams, Jonathan Enterline, Jeffrey J. Miller

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Background: When waiting times for new and return patient visits at Hershey Medical Center's Department of Dermatology approached 4 and 2 months, respectively, the Hershey access clinic was implemented to increase access for patients with acute problems. Objective: The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of the Hershey access clinic on patient care. Results: The great majority of patients were satisfied with the access clinic. However, there has been no effect on the no-show rates or patient waiting times for routine appointments. Fifty-seven percent of patients had eruptions, most commonly acne/rosacea, and 43% had neoplasms, most commonly warts. Limitations: This study was limited by the fact that it was a survey filled out by the patients after their encounter. Conclusion: The Hershey access clinic successfully provides acute problem-focused care, and patient satisfaction is high.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)601-603
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology

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