Information Sheet: The Idaho Diabetes & Hypertension Primary Care Survey

What is the Idaho Diabetes and Hypertension Primary Care Survey?

The Department of Health and Welfare has partnered with Idaho State University to conduct a baseline study on chronic disease management practices by primary care providers, including the use of team-based care, referral patterns, and electronic health records (EHR). Survey questions will address how primary care providers and practices care for, refer, and manage patients with diabetes and hypertension. The study is being conducted by Resolution Research, an independent third-party market research firm, which performs a great deal of medical market research.

By understanding what is already happening in chronic disease management across Idaho, we can better focus our efforts to assist primary care providers in implementing best practices and improving patient outcomes. Results from this baseline survey will inform the development of statewide health systems interventions to improve the delivery and use of quality clinical and other health services aimed at preventing and managing high blood pressure and diabetes.

A summary of survey results will be available by June 30, 2014 and will be provided to all respondents.

How will this help my own practice?

Results will help focus statewide efforts to assist primary care providers in improving their own clinical environment to more effectively deliver preventive services and manage chronic diseases. Such improvements could include the following:

  • Increased cost efficiency of providing care, through team-based care and other best practices
  • Increased retention of patients in your practice, through active management of chronic diseases
  • Better long term health outcomes for patients with chronic diseases
  • Evidence-based guidelines for chronic disease management
  • Reduced hospital admissions for patients
  • Reduced morbidity due to chronic diseases in Idaho
  • Better self-management of chronic diseases
  • Increased community wellbeing
  • Improved communication with your patients

Why is my input so important?

Your individual response to this survey is critical to:

  • Provide your own unique perspective and experiences as a primary care provider in Idaho.
  • Ensure we get a true representation of all primary care providers in Idaho and avoid overshadowing the results by any one type of practice or provider.
  • Understand what is already happening in chronic disease management across Idaho.

Incentives to complete survey

Participation incentives are available upon your completion of the survey.

Survey content

There are 2 surveys, one for Primary Care Providers and one for their Practice Managers. If a provider does not have a practice manager, then the provider will be asked to complete the practice manager survey as well.

The Primary Care Provider survey has about 40 questions under the following 5 categories:

  • Demographics of Provider
  • EHR Usage
  • Team-based Care
  • Diabetes and Hypertension
  • Oral Health

The Practice Manager survey has about 30 questions under the following 2 categories:

  • Demographics of Practice
  • Electronic Health Record (EHR) Capability

If you'd like to take the access the survey now, please click here.

Time to complete

Each of the surveys (provider and practice manager) should take 10-15 minutes to complete.  The practice manager survey may take additional time to gather some of the requested information, depending on availability.



All data collected in this survey are used for statistical purposes only and are guaranteed to be held in the strictest of confidence. Responses will be aggregated and not connected to individual respondents or to primary care practices. Information gathered will not be used for evaluation of individual primary care practices, but rather to inform development of statewide chronic disease management and health systems interventions.


Participating organizations

Resolution Research, a Denver-based multi-method survey research firm with experience conducting diabetes and heart disease-specific surveys, will work closely with Idaho State University and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to deliver this survey. Other partnering organizations include the Idaho Medical Association, the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians, the Idaho Primary Care Association, and St. Luke’s Health System. 


Survey sample

The online survey is being sent to nearly 1,000 primary care providers and practices across the state of Idaho. The intent is to collect information from every primary care provider in the state; therefore, the sample was not randomized but was taken from lists of primary care providers maintained by the Idaho Medical Association and other organizations. Emails are also being also sent to potential respondents by Idaho professional associations and other partnering organizations.

Survey data dissemination and access

A summary of survey results will be provided to all respondents by June 30, 2014 and will also be available online on the Resolution Research website as well as partnering sponsors. All individual data will be kept confidential by Resolution Research in order to protect privacy of respondents. Aggregate results will be provided to Idaho State University and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare for analysis.

Use of survey results

Aggregate results of the provider and practice manager surveys may be used for the following purposes:

  • Evaluate current use of electronic health records for chronic disease management
  • Evaluate current use of team-based care for chronic disease management
  • Evaluate current use of Diabetes Self-Management Education programs for diabetes control
  • Inform development of a statewide chronic disease management plan and focused health systems interventions


Access to the aggregate results may be made available to the following organizations/individuals:

  • Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
  • Institute of Rural Health, Idaho State University
  • Public Health Program, Idaho State University
  • State policy makers
  • Academics/researchers
  • Medical professional associations
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Primary care practices

For more information, please contact us:

Idaho State University 
Neill Piland, Director, Institute of Rural Health, Pocatello, ID

Department of Health and Welfare 
April Dunham, Program Manager, Boise, ID

Nicole Runner, Program Manager, Boise, ID

Resolution Research
Hayden Geller, Denver, CO