The overarching goal of Rutgers Project ECHO is to move specialist knowledge to primary care providers (PCPs) to expand access to and reduce the cost of specialty care for underserved patients in New Jersey. PCPs become more confident in treating patients with complex conditions in their own practice through specialist and primary care collaborative, case-based learning. Mentors are from Rutgers-RWJ Medical School, RWJBarnabas Health, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Children’s Specialized Hospital, NJ Children’s System of Care, and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.
Project ECHO internet-based videoconference sessions are 60-90 minutes and include a 15-minute expert-led presentation; participant-presented, real-time patient cases; and collaborative problem solving with an interdisciplinary team of New Jersey specialists. Research shows an increase in PCPs’ treatment self-efficacy, competency, knowledge, and national guidelines adherence after participating in Project ECHO. Rutgers, through the support of The Nicholson Foundation, brings to New Jersey the following Project ECHO clinics:
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