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Comparative Effectiveness of Management Strategies for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease 12/17/07

This 108-page report examines alternatives for managing the chronic symptoms of uncomplicated gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in patients who may require long-term treatment. It summarizes the available evidence comparing the efficacy and safety of medical, surgical, and endoscopic interventions in the treatment of chronic GERD, particularly after long-term followup.

This report addresses the following questions:

  • What is the evidence of the comparative effectiveness...
Assertive Community Treatment Implementation Resource Kit 12/17/07

This multicomponent toolkit provides materials to facilitate the implementation of assertive community treatment (ACT) by mental health consumers, families and other supporters, practitioners and clinical supervisors, mental health program leaders, and public mental health authorities. ACT is a team-based approach to delivering comprehensive and flexible treatment, support, and services to help people stay out of the hospital and develop skills for living in the community. ACT offers...

Facts About Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) 12/17/07

This six-page fact sheet, part of the Stay in Circulation national awareness campaign, answers key questions about peripheral arterial disease (P.A.D.) and provides steps patients can take to reduce their risk.

This tool provides the following information:

  • What is P.A.D.?
  • What causes P.A.D.?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of P.A.D.?
  • How is P.A.D. diagnosed?
    • Medical and family history
    • Physical exam
    • Diagnostic tests
    ...
Prostate Cancer Prevention - Physician Data Query (PDQ®) (Health Professional Version) 12/17/07

This summary provides information to health care professionals on prostate cancer prevention.

This summary addresses the following topics:

  • Summary of evidence
    • Benefits from finasteride chemoprevention
    • Harms from finasteride chemoprevention
    • Benefits and harms of other prevention interventions
  • Significance
    • Incidence and mortality
  • Risk factors for prostate cancer development
    • ...
Keep Food and Water Safe After a Disaster or Power Outage 12/17/07

This tool provides information about how to keep food and water safe after a natural disaster or power outage. It is organized into the following sections:

  • Food
    • Identify and throw away food that may not be safe to eat
    • Storing food safely
    • Feeding infants and young children
    • Clean and sanitize food-contact surfaces
  • Water
  • Related resources
Tobacco Cessation Counseling: A Protocol for Practicing Pharmacists 12/17/07

This slide show is a cessation intervention course which pharmacists and clinicians can take and earn free continuing education credit.

The objectives of this course are:

  • Describe a new, redefined role for the pharmacist in the tobacco cessation process, positioning them as the initiator of the quit not solely as the provider of services.
  • Summarize how the pharmacist can serve as a motivator and educator for cessation.
  • Explain the importance of pharmacists...
Medical Care of Ill Disaster Evacuees: Additional Diagnoses to Consider 12/17/07

This fact sheet outlines some conditions to be considered when providing health care to evacuees. Conditions are organized according to presenting symptoms and also alphabetically.

This tool addresses the following topics:

  • Presenting symptoms
    • Altered mental status/central nervous system syndromes
    • Conjunctivitis
    • Fever with poorly localized signs
    • Diarrheal illness
    • Rashes
    • Skin and soft tissue lesions and...
Colorectal Cancer Prevention - Physician Data Query (PDQ®) (Patient Version) 12/17/07

This summary provides patients with information on the prevention of colorectal cancer.

This summary addresses the following topics:

  • What is prevention?
  • General information about colorectal cancer
  • Colorectal cancer prevention
    • Risk factors
    • Protective factors
    • Clinical trials
Atlas of the Body 12/17/07

The Atlas of the Body tool is a Web site that contains 25 anatomy and medical illustrations of the body (including the brain, circulatory system, respiratory system, muscles, nervous system, female reproductive system, and skeleton) to enhance the physician’s patient education sessions. Each illustration is accompanied by a brief paragraph describing the various parts of each body organ/system.

Available diagrams include:

  • Body/Torso
  • Brain
    • Effects of...
Supported Employment Implementation Resource Kit 12/17/07

This resource kit is designed to help communities implement a well-defined approach to helping people with mental illnesses find and keep competitive employment within their communities. It includes information targeted to consumers, families, practitioners, mental health program leaders, and public mental health authorities.

The resource kit includes the following materials:

  • User’s guide
    • Introduction
    • Background
    • Project philosophy and values...

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