Active care processes: diagnosis and treatment

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Atlas of Integrated Behavioral Health Care Quality Measures 12/06/13

This guide, for primary health care practitioners, researchers, and measurement experts, provides measures and practices for integrating behavioral health care into primary care, or preparing for integration. The atlas focuses on the components of quality that support and guide integration of services by—

  • Presenting a framework for understanding measurement of integrated care
  • Providing a list of existing measures relevant to integrated behavioral health care
  • ...
Health Assessments in Primary Care: A How-to Guide for Clinicians and Staff 11/29/13

The purpose of this guide is to provide a framework and practical, evidenced-based guidance for primary care teams to adopt and successfully implement health assessments in primary care practices.

The guide can help any practice interested in health assessments:

  • Practices with limited experience in implementing health assessments
  • Practices that have struggled with implementing health assessments in the past
  • Practices experienced in implementing...
Medication Safety Tools 11/19/13

These three online resources funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and developed by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) can help community pharmacies and outpatient settings improve medication safety and protect patients from the adverse effects of medication errors.

The following tools are available:

  • High-Alert Medications Consumer Leaflets are patient education checklists developed during a study of...
Telemental Health Guide 11/18/13

The Telemental Health Guide provides essential information for developing, implementing, and sustaining a telemental health program to improve access to mental health services. It was designed for use by clinicians, administrators, consumers, policymakers, and community members.

The guide provides the following information:

  • An overview of telemental health
  • How telemental health improves access to mental health services
  • The steps to develop a...
Ask Suicide-Screening Questions 11/05/13

This screening tool, called the Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ), is a set of four questions that emergency department nurses or physicians can administer to help identify youth at risk for attempting suicide.

Universal ICU Decolonization: An Enhanced Protocol 11/05/13

The Universal Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Decolonization Protocol combines a comprehensive implementation readiness assessment with scientific rationale and training tools for implementation of a universal decolonization strategy to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and bloodstream infections in adults. It is intended for use by acute care hospitals that serve critically ill adults in dedicated ICUs. This enhanced protocol provides a scientific foundation for...

Minnesota Community Measurement: Provider Tools and Resources 11/05/13

These tools and resources for providers and health professionals complement the categories of data reported by the Minnesota Community Measurement (MNCM). MNCM creates and refines measures, and collects and reports health care data used to drive improvement in health care. The tools and resources encourage safe, efficient, and effective patient care; and provide a general overview of comparative data and performance reporting.

The tools and resources are divided into the following...

Eating Disorders in the Emergency Department: Critical Points for the Recognition and Medical Management of Individuals With Eating Disorders in the Acute Care Setting 11/05/13

This guide for emergency department staff and clinicians is intended as a resource to promote recognition and prevention of medical morbidity and mortality associated with eating disorders.

The guide covers the following topics:

  • Common presenting signs and symptoms of eating disorders
  • Emergency department evaluation
  • Acute malnutrition as a medical emergency
  • Emergency department management
Caring Connections: Brochures 11/04/13

Caring Connections provides brochures to help people make informed decisions about end-of-life care and services. The free materials cover various stages of end-of-life care, such as planning ahead, talking with a physician, caring for a loved one, living with an illness, and grieving after a loss.

The brochures cover the following topics:

  • Advance care planning legal issues
  • Advance directives
  • Planning ahead
  • Caregiving
  • End-of-life...
Rural Behavioral Health Programs and Promising Practices 10/11/13

This report provides information and tools to help improve rural behavioral health programs. It documents a study to identify innovative rural programs and uses the results to suggest basic tools for helping rural organizations take the steps necessary to move a program that is perceived to be effective into a promising practice. This report provides an overview of tools such as community building, grant writing, data collection, and program definition, which may prove useful to...

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