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Clinical Protocols to Reduce High Risk Drinking in College Students: The College Drinking Prevention Curriculum for Health Care Providers 12/17/07

The goal of this 87-page curriculum is to help health professionals and others who work with college students to identify and treat students who are at risk for or have alcohol-related problems. The methods presented are based on science and clinical experience and have been tested and used in a variety of settings. The protocols were specifically designed for busy, high-volume practices.

The curriculum is divided into the following teaching modules:

  • Epidemiology and...
10 Patient Safety Tips for Hospitals 12/17/07

Medical errors can occur at many points in the health care system, particularly in hospitals. This 2-page fact sheet provides the following 10 tips that hospitals can implement to improve patient safety:

  • Assess and improve patient safety culture (by surveying unit staff)
  • Build teamwork (by improving staff communication)
  • Limit shifts for hospital staff, if possible
  • Insert chest tubes safely
  • Prevent central line-related bloodstream infections...
You Can Prevent MAC (Disseminated Mycobacterium avium Complex Disease): A Guide for People With HIV Infection 12/17/07

This guide for people with HIV infection provides information about the prevention and treatment of Mycobacterium avium complex disease (MAC). This tool is also available in Spanish.

This guide addresses the following questions:

  • What is MAC disease?
  • Can children get MAC disease?
  • What are the symptoms of MAC disease?
  • How is MAC disease diagnosed?
  • How do people get MAC disease?
  • How can I avoid MAC disease?
  • ...
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Patient Guide: Hormone Therapy for Advanced Prostate Cancer 12/17/07

This patient guide summarizes the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s recommendations on hormone therapy for men with advanced prostate cancer.

This patient guide addresses the following topics:

  • Recommendations
Having Surgery? What You Need to Know: Questions to Ask Your Doctor and Your Surgeon 12/17/07

This booklet is for patients who are facing surgery that is not an emergency. It provides some questions patients can ask their primary care doctor and surgeon before having surgery as well as the reasons for asking these questions. This tool addresses the following topics:

  • Care about your health
  • Get the basic facts
  • Learn about the benefits and risks
  • Learn how to get more information
  • Find out more about your operation
  • Make sure your surgery...
American Academy of Neurology Guideline Summary for Clinicians: Immunotherapy for Guillain-Barre Syndrome 12/17/07

This tool is an evidence-based statement to guide physicians in the management of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS).

This tool summarizes the evidence for immunotherapy in GBS management for the following treatments:

  • Plasma exchange
  • IV immunoglobulin
  • Combined treatments
  • Corticosteroids
  • Cerebrospinal fluid filtration
  • Immunoabsorption

Ovarian Epithelial Cancer Treatment - Physician Data Query (PDQ®) (Health Professional Version) 12/17/07

This summary for health professionals provides comprehensive, peer-reviewed, evidence-based information about the treatment of ovarian epithelial cancer.

This summary includes the following sections:

  • General information
  • Cellular classification
  • Stage information
  • Treatment option overview
  • Stage I and stage II ovarian epithelial cancer
    • Treatment options
  • Stage III and stage IV ovarian epithelial...
Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much: A Clinician's Guide, 2005 Edition 12/17/07

This 40-page guide, written for primary care and mental health clinicians, provides information for incorporating alcohol screening and intervention into clinical practice. The guide addresses two methods for screening: a single question (about heavy drinking days) to be used during a clinical interview and a written self-report instrument.

This guide addresses the following topics:

  • Introduction
  • What’s the same, what’s new in the 2005 update
  • Before you begin...
Tuberculosis: A Guide for Adults and Adolescents with HIV 12/17/07

This guide provides information about tuberculosis (TB) to people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, specifically, what it is, how it is spread, and how it can be avoided. This tool is also available in Spanish.

This guide addresses the following questions:

  • What is TB?
  • How is TB spread?
  • How can I avoid TB?
  • How do I know if I might have active TB?
  • Does TB affect only the lungs?
  • Am I at greater risk of getting TB because...
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Patient Guide: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Early Stage Breast Cancer 12/17/07

This patient guide summarizes the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s guidelines for the use of sentinel lymph node biopsy (SNB) in patients with early-stage breast cancer.

This guide addresses the following topics:

  • About SNB
  • Axillary lymph node dissection
  • Recommendations
  • What this means for patients
  • Questions to ask your doctor

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