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Patterns of Usual Care for Schizophrenia: Initial Results from the Schizophrenia Patient Outcomes Research Team (PORT) Client Survey 12/17/07

This study examines conformance of current patterns of usual care for persons with schizophrenia with the Schizophrenia Patient Outcomes Research Team (PORT) treatment recommendations. The PORT surveyed a stratified random sample of 719 persons diagnosed with schizophrenia. Findings indicate that current usual treatment practices likely fall substantially short of what would be recommended based on the best evidence on treatment efficacy.

Treatment recommendations discussed encompass...

Rectal Cancer Followup Sheet 12/17/07

This chart assists providers in estimating target dates for the followup of patients with rectal cancer. It is derived from recommendations in the 2005 Update of the American Society of Clinical Oncology's Colorectal Cancer Surveillance Guidelines.

This tool enables health care providers to document target and completed dates for 3 months to 5 years post-diagnosis for the following activities:

  • Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) testing (date/value)
  • Counseling visit...
Hemochromatosis Iron Overload Fact Sheet 12/17/07

This two-page informational sheet designed for the hemochromatosis patient contains charts, normal ranges for iron levels, and commonly asked questions including:

  • What is hemochromatosis?
  • Who is most at risk?
  • How is hemochromatosis detected?
  • What is the treatment?
Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense (VA/DoD) Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Major Depressive Disorder in Adults: Inpatient Pocket Guide 12/17/07

This pocket guide on inpatient mental health care is derived from the evidence-based clinical practice guideline, Management of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in Adults, developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense (VA/DoD). The guideline is intended to identify the critical decision points in management of patients with depressive conditions, such as assessment, empirically supported psychotherapies and pharmacological therapies, non-MDD conditions...

Management of Major Depressive Disorder in Adults Algorithms 12/17/07

These algorithms are derived from the evidence-based clinical practice guideline, Management of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in Adults, developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense (VA/DoD). The guideline is intended to identify the critical decision points in management of patients with depressive conditions, such as assessment, empirically supported psychotherapies and pharmacological therapies, non-major depressive disorder conditions deserving...

Your Guide to Living Well With Heart Disease 12/17/07

This tool is a step-by-step guide to helping people with heart disease make decisions that will protect and improve their heart health. It provides information about lifestyle habits, medicines, and other treatments that can lessen the chances of having a heart attack.

This guide addresses the following topics:

  • Heart disease: A wakeup call
  • What is heart disease?
  • Getting tested for heart disease
  • Controlling your risk factors
    • You and your doctor...
Red-Yellow-Green Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Tool 12/17/07

This one-page tool, in Microsoft(r) Word format, uses the colors of a stoplight to guide patients in managing their congestive heart failure symptoms. The tool is divided into green (“all clear”), yellow (“caution”), and red (“medical alert”) zones. For each zone, the tool provides signs and symptoms and allows the health care provider to give specific instructions for managing the condition, including guidance on when to seek emergency medical assistance.

COPD: Learn More Breathe Better 12/17/07

This Web site provides patients and health care professionals with information about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including materials for public and professional outreach.

This Web site provides the following information for patients:

  • What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?
    • How does COPD affect breathing?
    • Symptoms
    • Getting tested
    • Taking action
  • Am I at risk?
    • Smoking
    • Environmental...
Available Anti-HIV Medications 12/17/07

This tool is a table of available anti-HIV medications, showing brand, generic, and other names for each medication. By clicking on the name of the drug, the user can access the AIDSInfo fact sheet for the medication. The table and the fact sheets are available in both English and Spanish.

A Physician's Guide to Nutrition in Chronic Disease Management for Older Adults 12/17/07

This 18-page booklet provides concise, disease-specific nutrition information for physicians caring for older adults with the following conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Hypertension
  • Osteoporosis

The guide provides nutritional screening parameters, treatment options, and outcome measures for...

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