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Improving Your Laboratory Testing Process: A Step-by-Step Guide for Rapid-Cycle Patient Safety and Quality Improvement 09/30/13

About 40 percent of patient encounters in primary care offices involve some form of medical test. Studies of primary care offices consistently show that the process for managing tests is a significant source of error and patient harm. This step-by-step guide can help you increase the reliability of the testing process in your office. The tools will help you examine how tests are managed in your office, from the moment tests are ordered until the patient is notified of the test results and...

Laboratory Medicine Best Practices (LMBP™): Tutorials 09/10/13

This set of online tutorials can assist laboratory professionals with the effective design and implementation of quality improvement studies to support the body of evidence needed to justify best practices in laboratory medicine.

The following modules are available:

  • The A-6 Cycle: Review and Evaluation Methods for Quality Improvement
  • Application of Laboratory Medicine Best Practices (LMBP ™) Initiative A-6 Methods for Laboratory Practitioners

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Talking With Your Patients About Screening for Prostate Cancer 07/12/13

This fact sheet for clinicians provides information to guide discussions on prostate-specific antigen screening for prostate cancer with male patients. Based on a comprehensive review of medical evidence, the fact sheet provides screening information, discussion points, and scenarios.

Influenza-Fecal Immunochemical Test and Influenza–Fecal Occult Blood Test Program Materials 05/15/13

The influenza-fecal immunochemical test (FLU-FIT) and influenza–fecal occult blood test (FLU-FOBT) Programs allow health care providers to increase access to colorectal cancer screening by offering home tests to patients at the time of their annual influenza shots. This Web page offers information and program materials to help providers implement a FLU-FIT or FLU-FOBT Program.

The downloadable materials are provided in an editable format so you can customize them for your...

New York State Department of Health HIV Testing Resources 03/26/13

This Web site offers a collection of information and resources on HIV testing from the New York Department of Health AIDS Institute. The resources, for health care professionals, include reports, toolkits, forms, training, and health screening information.

The tools and resources are organized into the following sections:

  • Public health law
  • HIV testing algorithm
  • Consent forms
  • HIV/STD testing sites
  • Providers
  • Guidelines...
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Adolescent and School Health: Sexual Risk Behavior Publications and Resources 03/06/13

This Web site offers resources to support HIV and sexually transmitted diseases prevention programs in schools. The resources provide education, training, and more to assist in decreasing sexual risk behaviors among students. Tools available include fact sheets, campaigns, guides, and curricula in the following areas:

  • Evidence-based prevention
  • Sexual health education
  • Counseling and testing
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender
  • Social media...
My Life Check 03/13/12

This online assessment tool can help consumers learn the state of their heart and what they can do to live a better life. The tool uses information such as blood pressure, smoking status, diet, and physical activity to determine the user’s current heart score. It also provides a customized action plan to help users improve their score and reach their ideal cardiovascular health.

Heart Attack Risk Calculator 01/13/12

This risk assessment tool, for people age 20 or older, provides information to assess a person’s risk for heart disease, heart attack, or other future heart problems. The tool uses information such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar levels to help determine a level of risk for heart problems. Upon completing the questionnaire, users can print various reports to help them make a plan with their doctor to reduce their risk.

This tool is also available in Spanish...

DiabetesIQ 11/15/11

DiabetesIQ is a mobile application for patients and nonpatients to learn about diabetes and ways to manage it. Through quizzes and games, users can compete with others in their knowledge level of diabetes. Users can track glucose levels, blood pressure, weight, and exercise and share the information with health care professionals or caregivers.

Registration and download of the application is free.

Medal.org (Medical Algorithms) 10/26/11

Medal.org has compiled and manages the largest pool of algorithms and computational procedures for health care evaluation, treatment, and administration. This resource consists of more than 17,000 authentic algorithms and computational instructions categorized into 45 medical specialties for all aspects of the medical field, complete with authoritative documentation and references for each algorithm.

Specialties include:

  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonary medicine and...

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