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Autism A.L.A.R.M. 02/16/09

Autism A.L.A.R.M. teaches primary caregivers and medical personnel how to spot autism in young children.

The fact sheet outlines:

  • General guidelines on developmental screening for children
  • The prevalence of autism
  • The importance of listening to parents
  • Tips about identification and intervention

The tool also contains a surveillance and screening algorithm for autism spectrum disorders.

Life Journey Through Autism: A Parent's Guide to Assessment 02/16/09

This guide provides parents with a practical understanding of the autism assessment process, equips them with the knowledge and confidence to become key participants in the process, and helps them learn to use assessment outcomes to improve services and interventions for their child.

Topics include:

  • Definition, purposes, and uses of assessment
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the assessment process
  • Types of assessments and what each tool measures
  • ...
Clinical Microsystems Tools and Resources 02/02/09

This Web site presents the principles of clinical microsystems as well as related tools and resources to help health care professionals improve their practice care and outcomes.

Clinical microsystems are the front-line units that provide most health care to most people. They are the places where patients, families, and care teams meet. Microsystems also include support staff, processes, technology, and recurring patterns of information, behavior, and results.

This site...

Colorectal Cancer Risk Assessment Tool 01/22/09

This interactive calculator is designed for use by health professionals and patients. It estimates the risk of developing colorectal cancer for non-Hispanic white men and women ages 50 to 85 during the next 5-year and 10-year period up to age 90. The risk calculator uses the respondent’s answers about risk and preventive factors to calculate that person’s absolute risk for developing colorectal cancer for a specific time period.

Alaska Community Health Aide Program Library 01/21/09

Community Health Aides/Practitioners (CHA/Ps) provide primary health care in rural Alaska villages as the first link in the Alaska Tribal Health System. The Community Health Aide Program (CHAP) consists of a network of approximately 550 CHA/Ps in over 170 rural Alaska villages. The documents, forms, and materials in the library are used by CHA/Ps in the Alaska program for training and while in the field.

Documents include:

  • ARC—Academic Review Committee
  • ...
Bone Health for Life: Easy-to-Read Information for Patients and Families 01/06/09

This 28-page booklet provides valuable information for consumers and patients on osteoporosis and describes strategies to enhance bone health at any age. It answers the following questions:

  • Why does bone health matter?
  • What is osteoporosis?
  • Who gets osteoporosis?
  • Am I really at risk?
  • How do I know if I have osteoporosis?
  • What can I do to make my bones healthier?
  • Will I need to take medicine for my bones?
  • How can I...
Quitline.com 12/11/08

This Web site contains tips and tools that consumers can use to quit tobacco use and that health care providers can use to help patients quit tobacco use. The site includes a toll-free number consumers can call for support as well as instructions on how health care providers can order free materials for patients such as reference cards and brochures. Washington State residents may also receive free nicotine patches or gum by calling the quit line and speaking to a quit coach.

The...

Speak Up Campaign 12/10/08

In March 2002, the Joint Commission, together with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, launched a national campaign to urge patients to take a role in preventing health care errors by becoming active, involved, and informed participants on their health care team.

The campaign features brochures, posters, and buttons on the following patient safety topics:

  • Help prevent errors in your care
  • Help avoid mistakes in your surgery
  • Information...
Initial History and Physical Assessment Form for HIV Patients 12/09/08

This comprehensive form can be used by health care providers to collect information at the initial interview session for all new patients in an HIV program.

The form includes the following sections:

  • Demographics
  • HIV exposure risks
  • History of present illness
  • Past medical history
  • Physical exam
  • Assessment
  • Discharge planning
Free registration is required.

Hispanic Diabetes Disparities Learning Network in Community Health Centers 11/25/08

This report describes the Decreasing Disparities Strategy Workgroup's development of a learning network project that included interventions and needs assessments at community health centers to help reduce the diabetes disparity in the Hispanic population.
The report includes:

  • Project description
  • Structure of the learning network
  • Evaluation design
  • Self-management training for Montgomery County Primary Care Coalition clinics
  • Appendixes...

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