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Wisconsin Quality of Life Index Instruments 07/10/14

The Wisconsin Quality of Life Index (W-QLI) is a multidimensional model for measuring patients’ quality of life. It takes into account the different perspectives of the patient, the patient’s family, and the clinician, both currently and over time. The W-QLI Web site provides five instruments, an assessment manual, coding and scoring books, and validation papers.

The following instruments are available to download:

  • Caregiver questionnaire
  • Client...
Beacon Patient-Reported Outcome Quality-of-Life Tool 03/06/13

This assessment tool helps in identifying and addressing diabetes patients' biggest quality-of-life concerns. Completed just before each visit, the tool asks patients to identify their biggest concern, complete a checklist that helps define specific aspects of that concern, and rank various aspects of their perceived well-being. Based on the patient's responses, the tool generates a list of interventions that could help the patient, including treatment modifications and referrals to locally...

Interior Design Manual: For New Construction and Renovations of Hospitals and Clinics 01/03/13

The purpose of the Interior Design Manual is to aid in the translation of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Master Specifications into patient-centered design solutions. Design solutions should improve the quality of life and productivity as well as protect the health, safety, and welfare of the veterans, visitors, and staff. Interior design is a major component in establishing and maintaining an environment that is professional, therapeutic, safe, aesthetically pleasing, and...

Health Impact Assessment: A Practical Guide 06/22/12

This guide for community leaders and policymakers provides a practical approach to undertaking Health Impact Assessment (HIA). HIA helps ensure that planning projects, plans, programs, and policies contribute to the health of the community and do not have unanticipated negative impacts on health.

This guide focuses on established steps or stages of HIA: screening, scoping, identification, assessment, decisionmaking and recommendations, and evaluation and followup.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Health-Related Quality-of-Life 14-Item Measure 09/16/08

This questionnaire measures an individual's or population's health-related quality of life. Physicians can use this to measure the effects of chronic illness in their patients to better understand how an illness interferes with a person's day-to-day life. It can also help public health providers identify subgroups with poor physical or mental health, and can help guide policies or interventions to improve their health.

The questionnaire includes the standard 4-item set of “...

Develop Your "Hospital At Home" Program 08/08/08

Hospital At Home is an innovative health care model that can provide hospital-level care in a patient’s home as a full substitute for acute hospital care until the patient is ready for discharge to their primary care physician.

The Web site contains the following information and tools for organizations that are considering starting their own program:

  • Is your organization ready for Hospital At Home?
    • Innovation readiness assessment
    • Readiness and...
Headache Impact Test 12/17/07

The Headache Impact Test (HIT) helps patients communicate the severity of their headache pain to their health care provider.

This test helps providers to:

  • Determine the impact headaches have on the patient’s life
  • Track the patient’s headache history and the effectiveness of therapy over time
  • Enhance communication between patient and provider

Registration is required to access the test.

Facing Forward: Life After Cancer Treatment 12/17/07

This 68-page booklet covers post-cancer treatment issues such as followup medical care, physical and emotional changes, changes in social relationships, and workplace issues.

This booklet covers the following topics:

  • Congratulations on finishing your cancer treatment
  • Getting followup medical care
  • Ways to manage physical changes
  • Body changes and intimacy
  • Your feelings
  • Social and work relationships
  • Reflection...

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