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Depression During and After Pregnancy Fact Sheet 12/17/07

This tool addresses the following common questions about depression during and after pregnancy:

  • What is depression?
  • How common is depression during and after pregnancy?
  • What causes depression?
    • During pregnancy
    • After pregnancy
  • What are symptoms of depression?
  • What is the difference between “baby blues,” postpartum depression, and postpartum psychosis?
  • What steps can I take if I have symptoms of depression during...
Gonorrhea Fact Sheet 12/17/07

This fact sheet provides answers to frequently asked questions about gonorrhea. It addresses the following topics:

  • What is gonorrhea?
  • How do you get gonorrhea?
  • Who is at risk for gonorrhea?
  • What are the symptoms of gonorrhea?
  • Are there tests for gonorrhea?
  • How is gonorrhea treated?
  • What happens if gonorrhea isn’t treated?
  • Can gonorrhea cause problems during pregnancy?
  • How can I keep from getting gonorrhea?
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) Treatment Algorithm for the Initial Hormonal Management of Androgen-Sensitive Advanced Cancer: 2007 Update 12/17/07

This treatment algorithm for the initial hormonal management of androgen-sensitive advanced cancer is derived from the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s recommendations on hormone therapy for advanced prostate cancer.

This one-page tool provides recommendations in the following areas:

  • Discuss treatment options and early vs. late androgen ablation with patients
    • Bilateral orchiectomy
    • Luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) agonists...
Tips for Managing and Preventing Stress: A Guide for Emergency and Disaster Response Workers 12/17/07

This tool presents organizational and individual stress prevention and management approaches for disaster response workers.

This tool addresses the following topics:

  • Organizational approaches for stress prevention and management
  • Individual approaches for stress prevention and management
  • Normal reactions to a disaster event
  • Signs that you may need stress management assistance
  • Ways to help manage your stress
American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Guideline Summary for Patients and Their Families: Treatment for Guillain-Barre Syndrome 12/17/07

This patient tool describes different therapies for Guillain-Barré syndrome and the evidence for and against these treatments.

This tool addresses the following questions:

  • What is Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS)?
  • What does “immunotherapy” mean?
  • What are the immunotherapy treatments used to treat GBS?
    • Intravenous immune globulin (IVIg)
    • Plasma exchange
    • Combined treatments
    • Steroids

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...

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