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Communicating Critical Test Results Toolkit 03/19/08

This toolkit is designed to facilitate the communication of critical test results from the lab or nurse to the physician. Critical test results are defined as any test result that may result in serious outcomes for patients. Improving communication of critical test results can reduce the rate of adverse events, because the physician has time to intervene.

The toolkit includes the following:

  • A sample worksheet for recording the reporting of critical values
  • Sources of...
What If I Have a Spot on My Lung? Do I Have Cancer? Patient Education Guide 12/17/07

This patient education guide provides information about the next steps after a pulmonary nodule has been detected.

This guide addresses the following topics:

  • Your lungs
  • What is a pulmonary nodule?
  • Who are all these doctors?
  • Finding out if the nodule might be cancer
  • Biopsy of the nodule
  • What does this mean for me?
  • What if I can’t have or don’t want to have surgery?
  • Should I consider a clinical study?
  • Planning for...
Rectal Cancer Followup Sheet 12/17/07

This chart assists providers in estimating target dates for the followup of patients with rectal cancer. It is derived from recommendations in the 2005 Update of the American Society of Clinical Oncology's Colorectal Cancer Surveillance Guidelines.

This tool enables health care providers to document target and completed dates for 3 months to 5 years post-diagnosis for the following activities:

  • Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) testing (date/value)
  • Counseling visit...
American Cancer Society: Breast Cancer 12/17/07

This 106-page guide from the American Cancer Society provides detailed information about breast cancer, including information on risk factors, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

This guide addresses the following topics:

  • What is cancer?
  • What is breast cancer?
    • Normal breast structure
    • Benign breast lumps
    • Breast cancer general terms
    • Types of breast cancers
  • What are the key statistics about breast cancer?...
The Heart Truth for Women: If You Have Heart Disease 12/17/07

This fact sheet, part of The Heart Truth campaign, provides key steps to help women in managing heart disease.

This fact sheet addresses the following topics:

  • What is heart disease?
  • Screening tests
    • Electrocardiogram
    • Stress test
    • Nuclear scan
    • Echocardiography
    • Coronary angiography
    • Ventriculogram
    • Intracoronary ultrasound
  • Risk factors
  • Treatment
    • Making lifestyle changes
    • ...
Breast Cancer: A Resource Guide for Minority Women 12/17/07

This 32-page guide provides a list of breast cancer resources, including organizations, documents, programs, and other resources.

The resources in this guide are arranged in the following categories:

  • Risk factors
    • Unchangeable risk factors
    • Lifestyle-related risk factors
  • Statistics
  • Mammogram information
  • Federal agencies and programs
  • National organizations/programs
  • State programs
  • Community programs
  • ...
Screening for Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women, What's New from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) 12/17/07

This fact sheet presents highlights of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.

Topics addressed include:

  • Why is screening for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women important?
  • Who is at risk for osteoporosis?
  • What does the USPSTF recommend?
  • What screening tests are available?
  • What treatments are available?
  • How do the current recommendations differ from those...
Colorectal Cancer Prevention - Physician Data Query (PDQ®) (Patient Version) 12/17/07

This summary provides patients with information on the prevention of colorectal cancer.

This summary addresses the following topics:

  • What is prevention?
  • General information about colorectal cancer
  • Colorectal cancer prevention
    • Risk factors
    • Protective factors
    • Clinical trials
Cancer Facts for People Over 50 12/17/07

This fact sheet helps adults over 50 learn the warning signs of cancer and provides information about treatment and prevention.

This fact sheet addresses the following topics:

  • What is cancer?
  • What symptoms should I watch for?
  • What regular tests should I have?
    • Breast cancer
    • Cervical cancer
    • Cervical and other cancers
    • Colorectal cancer
    • Mouth and throat cancers
    • Prostate cancer
    • Skin cancer
  • ...
American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Guideline Summary for Clinicians: The Utility of MRI in Suspected MS 12/17/07

This tool is a summary of the American Academy of Neurology’s guideline evaluating whether magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can predict probable conversion to clinically definite multiple sclerosis (MS) in patients presenting with a syndrome consistent with inflammatory demyelination.

The summary addresses the following topics:

  • Evidence for using MRI for early diagnosis of MS
  • Diagnostic considerations in patients with suspected MS and/or MRI white matter...

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