Patient self-management

QualityTools

Cultural Competency in Mental Health Peer-Run Programs and Self-Help Groups: A Tool to Assess and Enhance Your Services 06/28/12

This tool, for program managers of mental health peer-run programs and self-help groups, provides a step-by-step process to assess and cultivate cultural competency. The guide helps program managers identify strengths and limitations in five key organizational areas to meet the needs of its members. The five focus areas follow:

  1. Administration, policies, and guidelines
  2. Peer providers and group leaders
  3. Services and support
  4. Program and group environment...
SuperTracker: My foods. My fitness. My health. 05/29/12

The SuperTracker helps consumers get a personalized nutrition and physical activity plan, track their foods and physical activities to see how they stack up, and get tips and support to help them make healthier choices and plan ahead.

The SuperTracker includes the following features:

  • Food-a-Pedia: Look up nutrition info for more than 8,000 foods and compare foods side by side
  • Food Tracker: Track the foods you eat and compare to your nutrition targets...
Does It Run in the Family? 05/09/12

This tool can help consumers collect their family health history information and share it with relatives and health care providers. It creates personalized booklets that individuals, families, and communities can use to learn more about family health history, increase their communication about health, and become healthier people. The booklets have many parts that can be customized: personal stories about health, pictures of familiar faces, questions to ask relatives, disease information,...

My Life Check 03/13/12

This online assessment tool can help consumers learn the state of their heart and what they can do to live a better life. The tool uses information such as blood pressure, smoking status, diet, and physical activity to determine the user’s current heart score. It also provides a customized action plan to help users improve their score and reach their ideal cardiovascular health.

Natural Disaster Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and Podcasts 02/02/12

This toolkit features public service announcements (PSAs) and podcasts that provide messages with safety tips on how to protect consumers during a natural disaster. Health officials and state and local health departments can tailor messages based on local needs and distribute them through emergency messaging systems.

The PSAs address the following topics:

  • Staying safe after the storm
  • Food and water
  • Prescription drugs
  • Cleanup
  • ...
Heart Attack Risk Calculator 01/13/12

This risk assessment tool, for people age 20 or older, provides information to assess a person’s risk for heart disease, heart attack, or other future heart problems. The tool uses information such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar levels to help determine a level of risk for heart problems. Upon completing the questionnaire, users can print various reports to help them make a plan with their doctor to reduce their risk.

This tool is also available in Spanish...

DiabetesIQ 11/15/11

DiabetesIQ is a mobile application for patients and nonpatients to learn about diabetes and ways to manage it. Through quizzes and games, users can compete with others in their knowledge level of diabetes. Users can track glucose levels, blood pressure, weight, and exercise and share the information with health care professionals or caregivers.

Registration and download of the application is free.

Questions Are the Answer 10/04/11

This Web site can help patients prepare for their medical appointments, ask questions, and talk with their doctor and other members of their health care team. The interactive site provides a path to encourage question development before, during, and after appointments so patients can better understand their condition and be more involved in their health care.

Tools and resources available include:

  • Patient and clinician videos
  • Be More Involved in Your...
Heart360® 09/01/11

Heart360 ® is a tool that provides a convenient and secure way to help patients track and monitor their blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, diet, and physical activity. It also provides access to additional information and resources on how to be heart healthy, and allows patients to share their results with their provider.

Providers can use this tool to connect with their patients and monitor their health progress.

Free registration is required...

MOVE!® Weight Management Program 08/17/11

MOVE! is a national weight management program designed by the Veterans Health Affairs (VHA) National Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention to help veterans lose weight, keep it off, and improve their health.

This Web site contains information about the MOVE! program for veterans and health professionals, and includes program handouts, success stories, healthy living messages, and other resources.

Only veterans receiving care in the Veterans Affairs (...

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