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The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) and User's Guide 12/10/13

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...

My Healthy Habits 09/30/13

This free mobile app provides consumers a simple way to keep track of their lifestyle changes. It helps users start a new healthy habit, such as being active, eating a balanced breakfast, getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night, or eating the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. Users can select from a list of preloaded healthy habits or create their own unique healthy habit to incorporate into their daily routine. Daily reminders, tips, and checklists are available to help stay on...

Low-Income Households and Asthma 09/10/13

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.

Treatment Options Initiative 09/10/13

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:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart conditions
  • Men’s health
  • Mental health
  • Muscle, bone, and joint
  • Women’s health
The following videos are included:
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Diabetes Education Toolkit 09/10/13

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...

Behavioral Health and Wellness Program Toolkits 09/10/13

These toolkits, designed for health care providers, administrators, and health care organizations, contain a variety of information about tobacco use and patient wellness.

The following toolkits are available:

  • DIMENSIONS: Tobacco Free Toolkit for Healthcare Providers —This toolkit provides information about tobacco use, skills for engaging in tobacco cessation discussions, efficient methods for assessing an individual’s readiness to quit, and...
Guide to Long Term Care for Veterans 07/29/13

This guide provides tools and resources for veterans, caregivers and families, and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) providers and staff to explore long-term care options. The guide includes information about home- and community-based services, residential settings, and nursing homes.

It also provides a shared decisionmaking approach to long-term care decisions in which veterans work with their social worker, care team, and informal caregivers to make plans and decisions...

Informed Medical Decisions Foundation: Tools for Providers 07/12/13

Shared decisionmaking is a collaborative process that allows patients and clinicians to make health care treatment decisions together. These tools, for health care providers, provide information on this process and on the use of patient decision aids. They describe how to evaluate evidence and work together with patients to make informed care choices. Sample language and questions are provided to assist providers in implementing shared decisionmaking.

The available resources...

Shared Decision Making Project 07/11/13

The Shared Decision Making (SDM) Project works with sites to demonstrate and evaluate the use of shared decisionmaking and patient decision aids. The project aims to explore the opportunities and challenges perceived and experienced by providers, patients, purchasers, and payers around the implementation of shared decisionmaking protocols in fee-for-service settings.

The tools and products developed under the SDM Project include the following:

  • SDM implementation...
Blue Button 07/01/13

Blue Button is a way for consumers and patients to get easy, secure online access to their health information offered by their doctors, insurers, pharmacies, or other health-related service. It provides patients with a highly visible, clickable button to download their health data so they can use it to improve their health and be more engaged in their health care.

This Web site provides more information about the Blue Button approach and offers guidance on how health care...

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