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National Center of Medical Home Initiatives for Children With Special Needs Tools/Resources 06/28/09

This Web site includes a variety of tools for families, youth, providers, insurers, communities, and States working to provide medical homes for children with special needs. Many materials are available for immediate download through this site. Users are encouraged to adapt these tools to best meet the needs of their child, patient, or client.

Envisioning My Future: A Young Person's Guide to Health Care Transition 06/09/09

This guide, written for youth with special health care needs, helps them prepare for their transition from pediatric health care or service to adult care or service. The guide provides tips for the young person, their parents, and family; transition checklists; and other information to help young patients adjust to the new setting and assure a safe changeover.

Topics covered include:

  • About transition
  • New responsibilities (ages 12-14)
  • Practicing...
Beginnings Guides 06/05/09

The Beginnings Guides offer prenatal and parent education materials that are easy-to-read and easy-to-understand.

  • The Beginnings Pregnancy Guide translates the health promotion content of prenatal care into easy-to-read practical guidance for a healthy pregnancy.
  • The Beginnings Parent’s Guide translates the science of early child development into easy-to-understand practical guidance for parents of 0- to 3-year-olds.

The guides are available in English...

Virtual Integrated Practice (VIP) Toolkit 06/05/09
The Virtual Integrated Practice (VIP) toolkit is part of the VIP program, which is designed to develop effective team building and ongoing collaboration among health care providers who do not work together in practice in the same locations or even organizations. It replaces the logistical obstacles of having clinicians meet in person to discuss patient cases with a system of communicating and meeting “virtually” using an appropriate variety of readily available technologies.

The...
Integrating Chronic Care and Business Strategies in the Safety Net: A Practice Coaching Manual 05/25/09

This practice coaching manual can help to improve clinical quality in an ambulatory setting effectively and efficiently.

The manual includes:

  • An overview of practice coaching and how various settings have used it to improve care
  • A summary of important characteristics and skills to look for when recruiting or training a practice coach
  • A description of a time-limited practice coaching intervention that includes a series of activities, companion...
Guidelines for Adolescent Depression in Primary Care (GLAD-PC) Toolkit 05/08/09

This toolkit helps primary care providers decide whether and how to implement the Guidelines for Adolescent Depression in Primary Care (GLAD-PC) into their practice. It was designed to be user-friendly and applicable to real-world primary care practices.

The first section, “GLAD-PC Guidelines,” contains the guideline recommendations and a flow chart, which depicts how best to manage adolescent depression in the primary care setting.

The following two sections, “...

Practicing Safety 05/08/09

Practicing Safety focuses on expanding anticipatory guidance on seven “new morbidities” that, if discussed by the pediatric staff and implemented by the parent, can help to reduce child abuse and neglect.

The site offers guidance on the following:

  • Coping with crying
  • Parenting
  • Safety in other’s care
  • Family environment
  • Effective discipline
  • Sleeping and eating
  • Toilet training
Asthma Action Plan 04/29/09

Patients can use this template with their doctor to help manage their asthma on a daily basis and during an attack. It also includes a list of possible asthma triggers and ways to avoid them.

This action plan is divided into color-themed zones with which the health care provider can indicate specific instructions for when the patient is doing well (green), getting worse (yellow), or needs medical assistance (red). Each section lists the following types of information:
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Pediatric Symptom Checklist 04/29/09

The Pediatric Symptom Checklist is a psychosocial screening tool for use by health care professionals to help recognize cognitive, emotional, and behavioral problems in children. Early detection of possible problems will aide professionals and parents in identifying appropriate interventions.

Two versions are available:
  • Parent-completed version (PSC)
  • Youth self-report (Y-PSC)
Patient Encounter Form 04/08/09

This form can be used as a model for clinicians to establish a reminder system to improve quality measures and goals.

Patient visits can be guided by this customizable patient encounter form that is designed to incorporate a practice’s quality goals and measures. It can be printed automatically at patient arrival, manually on demand, or completed using a real-time Web interface.

In addition to documenting services due, diagnoses and problems, and actions taken, the...

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