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Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies, Volume 2--Diabetes Mellitus Care 12/17/07

This 206-page report (the second volume in a series) provides a critical analysis of the existing literature on quality improvement (QI) strategies for management of patients with diabetes mellitus (Type 2 diabetes), which accounts for more than 90 percent of diabetes cases in the United States.

This report addresses the following key questions:

  • Are there QI strategies that improve physicians’ treatment of diabetes and its comorbidities?
    • Can the control of...
Tips for Kids With Type 2 Diabetes: Be Active 12/17/07

This fact sheet provides information about staying active for children with diabetes.

This fact sheet addresses the following topics:

  • Why is being active so important?
  • What types of activity are good to do?
  • What should you do before exercising?
  • How much exercise do you need to do?
  • How can your family and friends help?
  • What if you don’t like to exercise?
  • Take charge of your diabetes.
  • What are some things parents can do...
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
    ...
Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) MDRD Calculator for Adults 12/17/07

Providers can use this calculator to estimate kidney function in adults by measuring the glomerular filtration rate (GFR). This calculator is based on the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD) Study equation.

The following information is entered into this tool to calculate GFR:

  • Plasma creatinine
  • Age
  • Whether patient is African American
  • Gender
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Prevention Information Network (NPIN): Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) 12/17/07

This Web site presents information about the prevention, detection, treatment, and care of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). It is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Prevention Information Network (NPIN), which is the U.S. reference, referral, and distribution service for information on HIV/AIDS, STDs, and tuberculosis (TB). NPIN produces, collects, catalogs, and disseminates materials and information on STDs to organizations and people working in those...

Risk Management and Quality in Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS): Individual Risk Planning and Prevention, System-wide Quality Improvement 12/17/07

This report explores the topic of effective individual risk management in community-based services among States engaged in risk planning for Medicaid home- and community-based services (HCBS) waiver participants. Administrators from 11 State operating agencies, representing a range of waiver types and geographic areas, were interviewed for this report. These agencies served at least one of four waiver populations (the elderly, people with physical disabilities, people with mental retardation...

The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women 12/17/07

This guide, part of The Heart Truth campaign, provides up-to-date information on women’s heart disease and practical suggestions for reducing the risk of heart-related problems.

This guide addresses the following topics:

  • The heart truth
  • Finding out your risk
  • Major risk factors for heart disease
  • Other factors that affect heart disease
  • Taking control
  • An action plan for heart health
  • A family plan for heart...
National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) 12/17/07

The National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) is an initiative of the National Institutes of Health, designed to reduce the morbidity and mortality caused by kidney disease and its complications.

NKDEP aims to raise awareness of the seriousness of kidney disease, the importance of testing those at high risk (those with diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of kidney failure), and the availability of treatment to prevent or slow kidney failure.

The site...

Health Disparities Collaboratives: Changing Practice, Changing Lives--Depression 12/17/07

This manual outlines all of the key elements of a system of excellent care for people with depression.

This tool addresses the following depression care topics:

  • The challenge
  • The solution
  • Care model checklist
    • Self-management
    • Decision support
    • Clinical information system
    • Delivery system design
    • Organization of health care
    • Community
  • Care model: Changes for specific populations
  • Improvement...
Know Your Blood Sugar Numbers 12/17/07

This brochure for people with diabetes addresses the importance of blood sugar control and describes two tests that determine blood sugar level.

This brochure addresses the following topics:

  • Keeping your blood sugar in control will help you in many ways
  • Two important tests tell you if your blood sugar is at a healthy level:
    • HbA1C or A1C
    • The finger-stick test
  • What to ask your doctor, nurse, or dietitian
  • What to check when you...

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