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Closing the Loop: Exploring Best Practices in Healthy Athletes Referral Follow-Up

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Previous research explored the impact on Special Olympics athletes of their participation in Healthy Athletes screenings. With this project, the researchers will expand on their Initial Research Project to explore methods of ensuring athletes follow-up on their health screening results. The research will identify existing referral follow-up practices, test their effectiveness and package the results for Special Olympics Healthy Athletes programs. Project Goals:

  1. Identify a set of practices currently conducted by Special Olympics Programs that have the potential to enhance adherence by athletes and families to follow-up care recommendations received at Healthy Athletes. This set of practices should reflect diversity in geography, socio-cultural environments, types of national healthcare delivery systems, types of follow-up practices, and types of Healthy Athletes disciplines.
  2. Conduct a formal assessment of this subset of follow-up practices to determine the likelihood of parents/guardians seeing the screening results, the likelihood of parents/guardians understanding the results, and the likelihood of athletes following-up on the referrals.
  3. Package best practices for dissemination to Special Olympics Programs.
  4. Identify barriers that remain to athletes getting follow-up care despite these best practices.

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