The goal of MARQUIS (Multi-Center Medication Reconciliation Quality Improvement Study) is to develop better ways for medications to be prescribed, documented, and reconciled accurately and safely at times of care transitions when patients enter and leave the hospital. This study, which was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, has produced a set of medication reconciliation tools to reduce medication errors that frequently occur during care transitions.
The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) is a systematic method to evaluate and compare the understandability and actionability of patient education materials. It was designed to be completed by professionals, including health care providers, health librarians, and others tasked with providing high-quality materials to patients or consumers. It can help professionals select from the many patient education materials available to determine those that are easier to understand and...
This tool is designed to help employers assess the extent to which they have applied evidence-based health promotion interventions in their worksites to prevent heart disease, stroke, and related conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. The CDC Health ScoreCard can establish benchmarks and track improvements (evaluation) over time for various health topics and promotion programs.
The tool contains 100 questions that assess how evidence-based health promotion...
These three online resources funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and developed by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) can help community pharmacies and outpatient settings improve medication safety and protect patients from the adverse effects of medication errors.
The following tools are available:
- High-Alert Medications Consumer Leaflets are patient education checklists developed during a study of...
Caring Connections provides brochures to help people make informed decisions about end-of-life care and services. The free materials cover various stages of end-of-life care, such as planning ahead, talking with a physician, caring for a loved one, living with an illness, and grieving after a loss.
The brochures cover the following topics:
- Advance care planning legal issues
- Advance directives
- Planning ahead
This toolkit, for health care organizations and primary care practices, provides guidance on how to work with patients and families to improve care. The compendium of resources includes a variety of tools that health care organizations can use to engage patients. These tools can help recruit, orient, and train patients; clarify roles and responsibilities; and put a structure in place to foster relationships. The accompanying video segments offer lessons and tips for effectively working with...
Bright Futures is a national health promotion and disease prevention initiative that addresses children’s health needs in the context of family and community. The Bright Futures materials are designed to be useful to a wide range of audiences from health care professionals and those who provide health care for children, to parents and others in the community who participate in youth-oriented activities such as coaches, educators, and child care workers.
Materials include the...
The Low Income Households and Asthma fact sheet provides statistics on low-income households and asthma rates. The fact sheet also provides 10 key tips for controlling and managing asthma.
These online resources provide information to educate patients about the importance of exploring their treatment options, comparing the benefits and risks of each, and preparing to discuss these options with their health care providers.
The following health topics are covered:
- Heart conditions
- Men’s health
- Mental health
- Muscle, bone, and joint
- Women’s health
This toolkit, for people with psychiatric disabilities and their physicians and caregivers, provides information to help them understand and manage their diabetes or prediabetic condition. The toolkit includes an extensive library of materials and podcasts covering the basics of diabetes, building and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, managing hypertension, and managing the risks of diabetes. Also included is a chart of American Diabetes Association standards of care with related educational...