The purpose of the National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) is to identify the differences or gaps through which some populations receive poor or worse care than others and to track how these gaps are changing over time. This report measures trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient centeredness, and efficiency of care.
The 2013 report presents expanded analyses on quality of care and access to care for people with disabilities, who represent 20...
The key function of the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is to summarize the state of health care quality and access for the Nation and report on progress and opportunities for improving health care quality, as mandated by the U.S. Congress. This report measures trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient centeredness, and efficiency of care.
The theme of the 2013 report highlights one of AHRQ's priority populations, individuals with...
This toolkit provides strategies and templates to help multiple sclerosis (MS) centers and their clinicians implement a performance improvement project. The goal of this project is to help clinicians accurately and appropriately manage MS symptoms in their patients.
The toolkit includes the following components:
- Algorithm and instructions for toolkit implementation
- Sample data collection form and performance measures/calculation...
This series of toolkits offers tips and tools that families and providers could use to support quality improvement within systems of care for children and youth with special health care needs.
The following toolkits are available:
- Toolkits for providers:
- Providers serving children with epilepsy
- Providers serving children with hearing loss
- Toolkits for families:
- General tools and tips for families of children and youth with...
This handbook, from the national Cash & Counseling program, provides information for State staff, policymakers, service providers, program participants, and other stakeholders about self-direction programs and policies. It can be used to explain how States can increase program participants’ choice of and control over their services and supports. It also can help expand self-direction options in programs already providing home and community services and supports and develop new self-...
The Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives for Seniors (PEARLS) is a community-based treatment program, which uses problem-solving treatment, social and physical activation, and increased pleasant events to reduce depression in physically impaired and socially isolated older adults. The PEARLS toolkit provides a set of tools and a guide to assist in the implementation of the program.
The toolkit includes:
- Background on PEARLS
- Background on problem...
This Web site includes a variety of tools for families, youth, providers, insurers, communities, and States working to provide medical homes for children with special needs. Many materials are available for immediate download through this site. Users are encouraged to adapt these tools to best meet the needs of their child, patient, or client.
The Adolescent Health Transition Project is designed to help smooth the transition from pediatric to adult health care for adolescents with special health care needs. This site is a resource for information, materials, and links for people interested in health transition issues.
Site contents include:
- Information for:
- Teens and young adults
- Diabetes-specific information
- Parents and families
- Diabetes-specific information ...
- Teens and young adults
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early” campaign provides a variety of tools and materials to help parents recognize the signs of developmental disabilities such as autism. The campaign helps parents measure their children’s developmental progress by monitoring how they play, learn, speak, and act. The site also includes useful campaign materials for health care providers, child care providers, and campaign partners.
The site includes the following...
The Kids’ Quest site is intended to get kids to think about people with disabilities and some of their experiences related to daily activities, health, and accessibility.
The quests include topics related to limitations people with disabilities face in participating in various activities. These limitations are grouped under motor, communication, personal care, and learning. Each quest contains the following:
- A primary question
- A set of related questions about...