Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Health-Related Quality-of-Life 14-Item Measure 09/16/08

This questionnaire measures an individual's or population's health-related quality of life. Physicians can use this to measure the effects of chronic illness in their patients to better understand how an illness interferes with a person's day-to-day life. It can also help public health providers identify subgroups with poor physical or mental health, and can help guide policies or interventions to improve their health.

The questionnaire includes the standard 4-item set of “...

Nursing Assistant Ostomy Competency Tool 09/16/08

This tool is used to rate nursing assistants on their performance of critical elements of care for patients with existing ostomies. This does not apply to patients with new postoperative ostomies.

Elements of the evaluation include:

  • Discussion with primary nurse regarding the plan of care
  • Communication with the patient
  • Providing privacy for the patient
  • Ability to list supplies needed for the appliance change
  • Ability to describe...
International Physical Activity Questionnaires (IPAQ) 09/10/08

The purpose of the International Physical Activity Questionnaires (IPAQ) is to provide a set of well-developed instruments that can be used internationally to obtain comparable estimates of physical activity. There are two versions of the questionnaire. The short version is suitable for use in national and regional surveillance systems. The long version provides more detailed information often required in research work or for evaluation purposes. The IPAQ is available in 15 languages.

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...
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...
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...

GRACE Interdisciplinary Team Suggestions 08/08/08

The GRACE (Geriatric Resources for Assessment and Care of Elders) Interdisciplinary Team Suggestions guide health care providers as they develop and implement individualized care plans for low-income seniors to improve quality of care.

The tools are based on the GRACE model, which uses nurse practitioners and social workers who work together as a support team, first meeting with low-income seniors to conduct a comprehensive geriatric assessment, and then with a larger...

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.


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