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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...

Plain Talk About Childhood Immunizations 08/20/08

The “Plain Talk About Childhood Immunizations” booklet was developed for parents and provides information about immunizations and the diseases they prevent, the benefits and risks of immunization, assists parents in making an informed decision, and clarifies inaccuracies or misinformation about immunizations and vaccine-preventable diseases.

The booklet includes the following information:

  • The facts about vaccine-preventable diseases
  • The immune system and how...
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...

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.

Implementing the Promoting Healthy Development Survey (PHDS) 06/23/08

These three manuals help stakeholders implement, score, and report findings from the Promoting Healthy Development Survey (PHDS). The survey, for parents of young children (3 years old and younger), assesses whether recommended preventive and developmental services are provided, and the degree to which parents’ informational needs are met.

  • The first manual provides comprehensive guidelines on how to implement the PHDS. The primary audience is State Medicaid agencies,...
The Health Literacy Environment of Hospitals and Health Centers: Partners for Action: Making Your Health Care Facility Literacy-Friendly 06/04/08

This guide and the review tools found within it offer an approach for analyzing literacy-related barriers to health care access and navigation. This tool focuses on key activities and tasks undertaken by visitors and patients when they enter a health care facility. The findings of such a review could spark discussions and help shape strategies to eliminate literacy barriers and enhance health literacy in health care facilities.

The guide is organized into four main sections:...

Health Literacy Improvement 05/30/08

This Web site provides health literacy tools, Government resources, research, and reports to help improve materials so individuals can better obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions.

Tools include:

  • Sample action plan to improve health literacy
  • Quick guide to health literacy
  • Quick guide to health literacy and older adults
  • Toolkit for trainers: Teaching older adults how to...
Designing and Implementing Medicaid Care Management Programs: A User's Guide 05/30/08

The Medicaid Care Management Guide helps States design, implement, and evaluate care management programs for the chronically ill. The guide addresses five stages of care management program development, supplemented by three key topics that should be considered at every development stage.

The guide includes information on the following topics:

  • Planning a care management program
  • Engaging stakeholders in a care management program
  • Selecting and...

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