Secondary prevention


Screening for Type 2 Diabetes in Adults: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations - Summaries for Patients 09/16/08

This summary for patients provides information on clinical recommendations for screening for type 2 diabetes.

It addresses the following questions:

  • What is the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)?
  • What is the problem and what is known about it so far?
  • How did the USPSTF develop these recommendations?
  • What did the USPSTF find?
  • What does the USPSTF suggest that patients do?
  • What are the cautions related to these...
Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-2) 09/03/08

The Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-2) screener is a two-item self report that inquires about the frequency of depressed mood and anhedonia over the last 2 weeks. The screener is part of the STAndards for BipoLar Excellence (STABLE) Project resource toolkit that provides quality improvement resources to assist the clinician in the identification and management of bipolar disorder.

The purpose of the PHQ-2 is to screen for depression in a “first step” approach. The PHQ-2...

Health Risk Appraisal 09/03/08
The Health Risk Appraisal (HRA) questionnaire assesses and gives feedback to individuals on their current health and quality of life. Repeated use lets individuals monitor their health status over time. The assessment promotes health awareness for the individual by reviewing one’s personal lifestyle practices and revealing health issues that personal choices could impact.

The personalized profile report from the HRA survey recommends healthy behaviors according to age group, gender...
Newborn Screening ACTion (ACT) Sheets and Confirmatory Algorithms 09/03/08

The Newborn Screening ACTion (ACT) sheets and Confirmatory Algorithms are educational resources for physicians. The ACT sheet describes the short-term actions a health professional should follow in communicating with the family and determining the appropriate steps in the followup of the infant who has screened positive. The algorithms present an overview of the basic steps involved in determining the final diagnosis in the infant.

ACT sheets and algorithms include the following...

How to Use "I Statements" in Clinical Practice 09/03/08

In these short videos, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force members talk about “I statements” and how clinicians can apply them in practice when evidence is insufficient to make a recommendation for or against the provision of a preventive service.

Videos include:

  • Screening for Prostate Cancer
  • Screening for Coronary Heart Disease with Exercise Tolerance Testing in Adults
  • When the Evidence Is Insufficient, Adult Recommendations
  • When the Evidence...
HowsYourHealth Online Screening Tool 08/20/08

The HowsYourHealth Web site gives consumers evidence-based, user-friendly health information to help them become more actively involved in preventing and managing their health care problems. Patients are encouraged to complete a free, confidential, noncommercial, 10-minute survey. After completing the survey, patients are given a summary action form, which provides a snapshot of the individual and his/her situation. It includes information about problems, needs, concerns, health safety...

The Chinese Women's Health Project: Products 08/07/08

The following materials from the Chinese Women’s Health Project were used to decrease the incidence of invasive cervical cancer among Chinese women by increasing the frequency and regularity of Pap testing. The project consisted of two interventions to promote cervical cancer screening among Chinese American and Canadian women—an outreach worker-based intervention and a direct mail intervention. The following materials used for this project are available to download:

  • The...
About Mood Disorders 08/02/08

This site provides information on depression and bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression). The site also includes a Mental Health Screening Center, which offers the following mental health screening tools:

  • Confidential online depression screening
  • Confidential online mania screening
  • Confidential online anxiety screening
  • Child mania rating scale (for parents)
ACTS: Advise, Consent, Test, Support (HIV Counseling and Testing Program) 06/30/08

ACTS (Advise, Consent, Test, Support) is a user-friendly system of Implementation Guidance for routine HIV testing and Streamlined Counseling that is proven to facilitate significant improvements in HIV testing in both clinical and community-based settings. This package of materials and tools can help to familiarize providers, administrators, trainers and other clinic staff with this approach to making HIV screening a part of routine health care in a variety of clinical settings.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Population Screener 06/25/08

This screener can help patients determine if they are at risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It asks five questions about the patient, their breathing, and what they are able to do. Once complete, patients are encouraged to share the results with their doctor.

This site also provides a doctor-patient discussion guide. It includes information and tools to help patients prepare for, and make the most of, their next doctor visit.


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