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Understanding Prostate Changes: A Health Guide for Men 12/17/07

This booklet for men can help answer questions about prostate changes that happen with age, such as:

  • What are common prostate changes?
  • How are these changes treated?
  • What do I need to know about testing for prostate changes, including cancer?

This booklet addresses the following topics:

  • Introduction to the prostate
  • Prostate changes that are not cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Talking to your doctor
  • Types of tests
  • ...
Childhood Brain Tumors Treatment - Physician Data Query (PDQ®) (Health Professional Version) 12/17/07

This cancer treatment information summary provides an overview of the diagnosis, classification, treatment, and prognosis of childhood brain tumors. It is available in both English and Spanish.

This guide is organized into the following sections:

  • General information
  • Cellular classification
  • Stage information
  • Treatment option overview
  • Childhood medulloblastoma
  • Childhood cerebellar astrocytoma
  • Childhood...
NCQA's (National Committee for Quality Assurance's) Quality Dividend Calculator™ 2008 12/17/07

This free, online tool from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) calculates how health care quality can affect the productivity and absenteeism of employees and affords employers and health care purchasers the opportunity to see how quality care can impact their company’s bottom line.

The Quality Dividend Calculator 2008 estimates the absenteeism, lost productivity, and related expenses that result from a specific set of chronic conditions: asthma, diabetes, heart...

AIDSinfo Drug Database 12/17/07

The AIDS info Drug Database provides HIV/AIDS drug fact sheets for the drugs most commonly used to treat patients with HIV/AIDS. The database includes fact sheets for both Food and Drug Administration-approved and investigational drugs. For each drug, patient, health professional, and Spanish versions are available. All three include links to an audio file of the correct pronunciation, as well as a link to additional sources of information about the drug.

Patient versions of...

Homelessness Resource Center 12/17/07

The Homelessness Resource Center (HRC) is an interactive community of providers, consumers, policymakers, researchers, and public agencies at Federal, State, and local levels who seek to improve the lives of people affected by homelessness who have mental health conditions, substance use issues, or histories of trauma.

The HRC’s updated site shares state-of-the-art knowledge and promising practices to prevent and end homelessness through:

  • Training and technical...
Promoting Awareness of Motivational Incentives Toolkit, Successful Treatment Outcomes: Using Motivational Incentives in Addiction Treatment 11/29/07

These tools provide information about science-based interventions that use motivational incentives (low- or no-cost reinforcements such as vouchers, prizes, and privileges) to help reduce drug use and enhance client retention in treatment programs.

The tool kit includes the following materials:

  • Video
  • PowerPoint presentations
    • Clinicians
    • Policymakers
  • Support materials
    • For program administrators
      • Sample policy and...
Color-coded Wristband Standardization in Arizona Implementation Toolkit 11/29/07

This toolkit can help hospitals implement a standardized color-coded wristband system, using Arizona's model. In 2006, Arizona hospitals began a Statewide initiative to use color-coded wristbands to help hospital workers identify at-risk patients, including those who have do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders, allergies, or who are at risk for falls. Since many health care workers practice at more than one hospital, standardized wristband colors help them avoid confusion and possible medical error...

SBAR Technique for Communication: A Situational Briefing Model 11/29/07

The SBAR (Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation) technique and tools provide a framework for communication between members of the health care team about a patient’s condition. SBAR is an easy-to-remember, concrete mechanism for framing any conversation requiring a clinician’s immediate attention and action. Free registration and login are required to download the tool.

This tool includes two components:

  • SBAR report to physician about a critical situation:...
Diagnostic Assessment of the Child With Status Epilepticus: American Academy of Neurology Summary of Evidence-Based Guideline for Clinicians 11/29/07

This is a summary of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and Child Neurology Society’s (CNS) evidence-based guideline reviewing all available evidence on the assessment of the child with status epilepticus.

The guideline summary includes recommendations for determining the cause of status epilepticus in children including:

  • Assessment of laboratory studies
  • Assessment of metabolic and genetic testing
  • Assessment of electroencephalography
  • Assessment...
National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) 11/29/07

The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders.

  • Using NREPP
    • History of NREPP and recent changes
    • Types of interventions included in NREPP
      • Mental health promotion
      • Mental health treatment
      • Substance abuse prevention
      • Substance abuse treatment
      • Co-occurring disorders
    • What is...

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