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Let's Talk About Stroke 12/17/07

Let’s Talk About Stroke is a series of downloadable patient information sheets, created by the American Stroke Association, that presents information in a question-and-answer format that’s brief, easy to follow, and easy to read. They can be used by physicians to foster communication with patients about stroke. Some are available in Spanish as well as English.

The patient information sheets cover two general topics: stroke prevention and life after stroke.

Questions You May Want to Ask Your Child's Audiologist 12/17/07

This wallet card explains what an audiologist is and lists questions that parents/guardians may want to ask their child’s audiologist. It provides space for information about the audiologist and test to be performed and lists questions, which are organized in the following topic areas:

  • Questions about my/our child’s hearing loss
  • Questions about hearing aids and cochlear implants
  • Questions about communication options and education
  • Questions about support...
Breast Cancer: A Resource Guide for Minority Women 12/17/07

This 32-page guide provides a list of breast cancer resources, including organizations, documents, programs, and other resources.

The resources in this guide are arranged in the following categories:

  • Risk factors
    • Unchangeable risk factors
    • Lifestyle-related risk factors
  • Statistics
  • Mammogram information
  • Federal agencies and programs
  • National organizations/programs
  • State programs
  • Community programs
  • ...
American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Guideline Summary for Clinicians: The Utility of MRI in Suspected MS 12/17/07

This tool is a summary of the American Academy of Neurology’s guideline evaluating whether magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can predict probable conversion to clinically definite multiple sclerosis (MS) in patients presenting with a syndrome consistent with inflammatory demyelination.

The summary addresses the following topics:

  • Evidence for using MRI for early diagnosis of MS
  • Diagnostic considerations in patients with suspected MS and/or MRI white matter...
Breast 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 breast cancer.

This summary addresses the following topics:

  • General information about breast cancer
    • Statistics
    • Patient evaluation
    • Contralateral disease
    • Hormone replacement therapy
    • Genetics
    • Follow-up
    • Breast reconstruction
  • Cellular...
After an Attempt: A Guide for Medical Providers in the Emergency Department Taking Care of Suicide Attempt Survivors 12/17/07

This brochure provides health care professionals with tips to enhance care in the emergency department (ED) for people who have attempted suicide. It also provides information on the Health Insurance Portable and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), patient discharge, and resources about suicide for medical professionals, patients, and their families.


This brochure addresses the following topics:


  • Patient care in the ED: Helpful...
School Violence Prevention: Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative 12/17/07

This Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) initiative on school violence—Safe Schools/ Healthy Students—focuses on the collective involvement of families, communities, and schools to build resiliency to disruptive behavior disorders. The initiative is a grant program designed to develop real-world knowledge about what works best to reduce school violence. The underlying principles of the program are to:

  • Marry security with healthy childhood development
  • Approach...
Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense (VA/DoD) Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Post Traumatic Stress: Module B Summary 12/17/07

This 15-page module summary on posttraumatic disorders in primary care is derived from the evidence-based clinical practice guideline Management of Post Traumatic Stress, developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense. It focuses on acute stress disorder (ASD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

This module summary addresses the following topics:

  • ASD and PTSD in primary care (algorithm)
  • Common symptoms after exposure...
The Digital Divide: What Can Physicians Do to Bridge the Gap? 12/17/07

This 5-minute video explores and explains the impact of the problem surrounding the inability of certain groups to access health information on the Internet, and provides physicians with strategies for recognizing and addressing the problem with their patients.

This video includes topics such as:

  • The Internet explosion
  • Pew Internet use survey results
  • How consumerism has changed the doctor-patient relationship
  • Patients’ inability and reluctance to use...
Patient Information for Parents of a Child With Cough 12/17/07

This tool addresses the following questions:

  • My child seems to cough a lot. Is that normal?
  • When should I see a doctor about my child’s cough?
  • Can my child be harmed by coughing?
  • Will coughing damage my child’s lungs and chest?
  • Should I let my child run, jump, and play while coughing?
  • Is my child’s cough contagious for other members of my family?
  • Will coughing cause my child to choke?
  • Will coughing cause my child to die from...

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