Phase 3:
Quantitative Research

Chart Audits

Knowing how clinicians value data, we conducted quantitative research to measure the impact that interdisciplinary collaboration has on patient outcomes for five disease states:

  • Septic foal
  • GDV
  • Lymphoma
  • Otitis
  • Epilepsy

Modeled after research conducted in 2016 by CCC board member, Bonnie Lefbom, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology), and published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA), the retrospective study showed that small dogs with congestive heart failure that were co-managed by a veterinary cardiologist and a primary care veterinarian lived 77% longer and generated 22% more revenue at the primary care practice than those managed by a primary care veterinarian alone.

The findings are a powerful, objective validation of just how valuable working together can be for animal health — and for the economic health of providers who co-manage their patients. Data from these audits has either been submitted for publication or is being included in a white paper summary of findings.

Read about Dr. Lefbom’s study.

*Lefbom B, Peckens N. “Impact of collaborative care on survival time for dogs with congestive heart failure and revenue for attending primary care veterinarians.” JAVMA, July 1, 2016, Vol. 249, No. 1, Pages 72-76

Referral Behavior and Attitude Survey

The overall objective of the Behavioral Study was to evaluate the key drivers and barriers to referring patients to a specialist, and quantify these drivers within the pcDVM population. The findings from this research will help ensure the profession has new data and knowledge of current referral dynamics, drivers, and barriers encountered, and thus, how to successfully overcome these to build true, collaborative relationships. The Collaborative Behavioral Study results are included in the white paper summary. The white paper will be available here after publication.