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Point-of-Care Complexity Assessment Helps Primary Care Clinicians Identify Barriers to Improved Health and Craft Integrated Care Plans

This featured profile is available on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Health
Care Innovations Exchange Web site. The Minnesota Complexity Assessment Method is used by
clinicians to guide their assessment of potentially complex patients; to identify disease-related,
social, and socioeconomic barriers to improved health; and to craft care plans to meet patient
needs, often involving an expanded health care team and community support services. Feasibility
testing and anecdotal reports from physicians and patients suggest that the approach is easy to
use, promotes an enhanced understanding of the patient’s situation, allows for more efficient and
effective team conferences, improves the training experience of residents, and facilitates the
development of customized care plans.

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