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Medical Center Places Nurses in Schools, Leading to Better Lifestyle Choices and Academic Performance Among Students 10/13/10

Medical center–employed nurses work at elementary and middle schools, providing typical school nurse services, annual health screenings, and periodic classroom presentations, leading to improvements in the ability to identify health issues and in the lifestyle choices and academic performance of individual students.

Weekly Parent and Child Sessions Focused on Mealtime Behaviors Increase Caloric Intake and Weight Gain in Children With Cystic Fibrosis 10/11/10

Behavioral health clinicians led weekly sessions for parents and children that combined nutrition education with the teaching of practical strategies for managing the eating-related behaviors of children with cystic fibrosis, resulting in increases in caloric intake and weight in these children.

Trauma Therapy and Caregiver Support Improves Coping Skills and Academic Performance of West African Refugee Children 09/21/10

School-based, culturally appropriate therapy focused on dealing with trauma helps West African refugee children improve coping skills and academic performance.

Long-Term Expressive Therapy and Caregiver Support Improves Emotional Health of Low-Income Children Affected by Trauma 08/12/10

Jumping Mouse Children's Center, a nonprofit mental health center, provides free or heavily subsidized long-term expressive mental health therapy to low-income children affected by trauma, advocates for their rights, and provides support to their parents. The program has led to improved emotional health for the children and greater knowledge and confidence among parents and other primary caregivers.

Alternating Group and In-Home Sessions Help Obese Preschoolers and Overweight Parents Improve Eating Habits and Reduce Body Mass Index 07/21/10

Behavioral health clinicians lead a 24-week program consisting of alternating group sessions and in-home consultations with obese preschoolers and their overweight parent(s), leading to improved dietary habits, less weight gain, and lower body mass index among preschoolers and to greater weight loss and lower body mass index among parents.

Intensive Case Management Aids Parents With Co-Occurring Disorders and Their Children, Leading to Healthy Families 06/30/10

Ongoing case management, education, and peer support to low-income parents struggling with mental health and substance abuse disorders focuses on reducing the stigma associated with illness, increasing positive family interaction, and identifying and addressing cognitive and behavioral problems in children. Evidence suggests the program leads to less mental health–related stigma and stress, improved parenting skills and social support networks, few psychiatric hospitalizations, enhanced access to needed services for children, and many lasting family reunifications.

On-Call Attending Physicians Consult with Onsite Care Team via Home-Based Videoconferencing, Improving Care Timeliness, Quality, and Safety in Pediatric Intensive Care Unit 06/16/10

On-call, pediatric intensive care unit attending physicians consult with onsite clinicians and patient/family members from their homes via audiovisual technology that allows real-time communication, leading to improved quality and timeliness of care and high levels of patient/family satisfaction.

Hospital Provides Non-English-Speaking Patients With Recording of Discharge Instructions in Native Language, Leading to Improved Comprehension and High Satisfaction 06/10/10

A hospital makes a telephone-based recording of discharge instructions available to non–English-speaking and low-literacy patients in their native language, leading to improved comprehension of discharge instructions and high levels of patient/family satisfaction.

Real-Time, Color-Coded Alerts Improve Adherence to Pediatric Asthma Guidelines in Primary Care Practices 05/26/10

Popup, color-coded alerts within an electronic health record moderately improve adherence to established guidelines in primary care practices serving pediatric patients with asthma.

Teaching Clinic Offers Medical Home for Children With Complex Conditions, Leading to Fewer Emergency Department Visits and Highly Satisfied Families 04/13/10

A resident education clinic implemented a multifaceted medical home for children with complex chronic conditions, leading to a significant reduction in emergency department visits and high levels of patient/family satisfaction.

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