Peer Coaching Combined With Nurse Outreach Improves Adherence to Medical Recommendations Among Elderly Cardiac Patients Who Live Alone Following Discharge
A nurse-guided, patient-centered approach combines ongoing peer support from a trained elder with home visits and followup phone calls from an advanced practice nurse for unpartnered, elderly patients who are discharged from the hospital after a heart attack or bypass surgery. The program is intended to encourage compliance with medication regimens and recommended lifestyle changes, with the goal of reducing hospital readmissions. A 247-patient randomized controlled trial found that the program improved adherence to medical recommendations and reduced hospitalizations due to cardiac-related complications but failed to reduce overall hospital readmissions.
Personal Health Record Generates Little Use, Has no Impact on Blood Pressure Control; Utilization; or Patient Activation, Empowerment, and Satisfaction
A personal health record for hypertensive patients to monitor blood pressure and other health data had no impact on blood pressure control; health services utilization; and patient activation, empowerment, and satisfaction.
Weekly Feedback to Patients on Use of Rescue Medications Leads to Better Asthma Control
Individuals with asthma receive weekly reports via e-mail that provide detailed information on the use of rescue medications (tracked by a device attached to the rescue inhaler), leading to better asthma control, fewer asthma-related symptoms, enhanced knowledge and awareness, and greater adherence to preventive medication regimens.
Community-Based Health Coaches and Care Coordinators Reduce Readmissions Using Information Technology To Identify and Support At-Risk Medicare Patients After Discharge
Supported by mobile technology, trained health coaches and nurse care coordinators use home visits and telephone-based monitoring to identify and address declines in health status in recently discharged Medicare patients, leading to a significant reduction in readmissions and associated cost savings.
Transitional Care Program With Advance Care Planning for Frail Elders Reduces Emergency Department Visits and Readmissions
A transitional care program that identifies frail elderly patients in the hospital and provides them with in-home support after discharge significantly reduces readmissions and emergency department visits.
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Family Health History Toolkit
The Family Health History Toolkit will help patients talk about their family health history, write down what they learn, and then share it with their doctor and family members.
Milk Matters: For Strong Bones . . . For Lifelong Health . . .
This booklet can help parents and caregivers learn more about milk and calcium so they can help their children and teenagers grow into strong, healthy adults.
Management of Diabetes Mellitus in Primary Care Algorithm E: Eye Care
This algorithm is derived from the evidence-based clinical practice guideline, Management of Diabetes Mellitus, developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense (VA/DoD).
You Can Prevent PCP (Pneumocystis carinii Pneumonia) in Children: A Guide for People With HIV Infection
This guide provides information about the prevention of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in children with HIV infection.
You Can Prevent PCP (Pneumocystis carinii Pneumonia): A Guide for People With HIV Infection
This guide for people with HIV infection provides information about the prevention and treatment of pneumocystis carinii pneumonia.