Patient education


Opioid Dosing Guideline for Chronic Noncancer Pain 09/19/12

This guideline for primary care providers is a resource for treating adult patients for chronic noncancer pain. It provides information on the scope of the challenge, recommendations for prudent prescribing and monitoring, advice on how to get consultative assistance, and resources for educating patients. Also included are an opioid dose calculator and patient assessment tools.

Cancer Survival Toolbox 09/18/12

This audio toolbox for cancer patients provides scenarios for topics and issues facing patients/survivors during the cancer journey. Through conversations in the self-learning program, patients can develop skills and knowledge to communicate better with doctors, family, and loved ones, and meet the challenges of their illness.

The audio toolbox is divided into three areas:

  • Basic skills
  • Special topics
  • Cancer-specific programs

Consumer Engagement Quality Toolbox 09/05/12

The National Partnership for Women & Families provides technical assistance for Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s signature effort to improve the overall quality of health care in targeted communities, reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and provide models for national reform. Part of this effort includes ensuring that consumers are actively involved in the work of the Alliances to represent the patient perspective, and encouraging patients to...

Health Reform Toolkit Series: Resources From the Massachusetts Implementation Experience 09/04/12

The Health Reform Toolkit Series provides an indepth look at Massachusetts’ experience implementing State-based health reform and provides timely insight for others nationwide. The toolkits are designed to share experiences, materials, templates, and lessons learned from the state’s planning and creation of its exchange with other states as they begin health care reform implementation.

The five-part series includes toolkits on: building an effective exchange Web site,...

The Community Health Worker's Sourcebook: A Training Manual for Preventing Heart Disease and Stroke 08/27/12

This sourcebook serves as an instruction manual for training community health workers and as a reference and a resource for community health workers working with community members in preventing heart disease and stroke. The sourcebook contains a variety of handouts, which are appropriate for community health workers to use as tip sheets and to give to community members as aids for understanding and living with heart disease and stroke disability.

The sourcebook is divided into the...

A Guide To Improving Children's Oral Health Care: Tools for the Head Start Community 08/27/12

This guide for Early Head Start/Head Start (EHS/HS) staff provides information to coordinate and establish dental homes and improve oral health care for high-risk, low-income children. Included are resources to support EHS/HS children’s use of dental examinations and treatment and their practice of healthy dental habits at home and in the classroom. This toolkit is part of the New Jersey Smiles Initiative. It is arranged as follows:

  • Section I: Provides an...
ER Is for Emergencies 08/09/12

ER Is for Emergencies is a campaign in Washington State to help reduce preventable emergency room visits and redirect care to the most appropriate setting. The campaign Web site includes the following materials:

  • One-page document outlining the Seven Best Practices
  • Patient brochure to help redirect care to the most appropriate setting (also available in Spanish, Russian, and Vietnamese)
  • Educational videos and archived webinars

Care Coordination: Strategies to Reduce Avoidable Emergency Department Use 08/09/12

This guide offers advice and interventions that practices can use to help their patients reduce avoidable emergency department visits. It covers the following topics:

  1. Educating patients on appropriate use
  2. Enhancing access to the primary care practice
  3. Improving care coordination and care transitions
This guide is a supplement to Care Coordination: Reducing Care Fragmentation in Primary Care, which is recommended as a starting point for...
Extreme Heat Media Toolkit 07/26/12

The Extreme Heat Media Toolkit provides downloadable and customizable materials for local health departments and organizations to assist ongoing outreach efforts to those most vulnerable to extreme heat events. The toolkit provides information on how to stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed.

Materials include:

  • Brochure
  • Door hanger
  • Outdoor worker poster
  • Athlete poster
  • Water bottle label
  • Bus advertisement
  • Logos...
Cultural Competency in Mental Health Peer-Run Programs and Self-Help Groups: A Tool to Assess and Enhance Your Services 06/28/12

This tool, for program managers of mental health peer-run programs and self-help groups, provides a step-by-step process to assess and cultivate cultural competency. The guide helps program managers identify strengths and limitations in five key organizational areas to meet the needs of its members. The five focus areas follow:

  1. Administration, policies, and guidelines
  2. Peer providers and group leaders
  3. Services and support
  4. Program and group environment...


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