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National Quality Strategy Tools 02/06/13

The National Quality Strategy (NQS) was first published in March 2011 and is led by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Established as part of the Affordable Care Act, the NQS serves as a catalyst and compass for a nationwide focus on quality improvement efforts and an approach to measuring quality. 

The NQS Tools page includes the following resources:

  • National Quality Strategy 5-Year...
Enhancing the Management of Neuropathic Pain in the Long-Term Care Setting 01/24/13

This toolkit provides strategies and templates to help long-term care facilities and their clinicians implement a performance improvement project. The goal of this project is to help clinicians accurately and appropriately manage residents with neuropathic or persistent pain.

The toolkit includes the following components:

  1. Introduction
  2. Algorithm and instructions for toolkit implementation
  3. Sample data collection form and performance measures/...
How To Increase Cancer Screening Rates: A Quality Improvement Toolkit for Busy Office Practices 01/16/13

This toolkit, for physicians and clinical staff, provides evidence-based action steps and tools to improve cancer screening rates in their practice. By increasing cancer screening rates, practices can improve quality performance measures.

The toolkit has three main components:

  1. The four essentials and related tools to improve cancer screening rates
  2. Clinic self-assessment using the four essentials
  3. Guidance and tips for effective office training...
AHRQ Chartered Value Exchanges: Public Reporting Web Sites 01/15/13

This Web page provides links to public reporting Web sites sponsored by Chartered Value Exchanges (CVEs) or stakeholders affiliated with a CVE. The public reports provide information on physician, hospital, and health plan performance.

CVEs included are:

  • California Chartered Value Exchange
  • Colorado Value Exchange
  • Kansas—Kansas City Quality Improvement Consortium
  • Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum
  • Maine Chartered Value Exchange...
Designing Consumer Health IT: A Guide for Developers and Systems Designers 12/11/12

This guide, for consumer health information technology (IT) developers and companies, provides recommendations on new approaches to health IT design to increase effective use of health IT products. The recommendations for consumer health found in the guide can support decisions through the development process, design, and testing and into commercialization. The guide presents results of an environmental scan, a grey literature review, and expert interviews.

ADOPT Toolkit 12/11/12

This Web site, for health care providers, offers “how to” resources on using technology to assist care coordination and improve the independence of older adults. The guides range from planning and development to implementation and evaluation in the following four areas:

  • Remote patient monitoring
  • Medication optimization
  • Care transitions
  • Mobile health

The toolkits contain checklists, lessons learned, and other resources to help to...
Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns: What You Can Do To Help 12/04/12

The Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns initiative aims to reduce preterm births and improve outcomes for newborns and pregnant women. This toolkit provides action-oriented resources for health care providers and community-based organizations to use in helping expectant mothers get safe, evidence-based care, and improve their newborn’s chances for good physical and developmental health.

Resources include the following:

  • Patient safety checklists
  • Late-term...
Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation 11/13/12

This report provides recommendations, strategies, and action steps for implementation by policymakers and others to help combat and prevent obesity. It identifies strategies that individually have the greatest potential reach and impact on preventing obesity, based on research evidence and the current level of progress in each area. For each strategy, the report also suggests a set of actions that are likely to make a positive contribution to that strategy's achievement based on research...

Consumer Health Information Technology in the Home: A Guide for Human Factors Design Considerations 11/13/12

This guide, for designers and developers, provides information to help create and design health information technology (IT) applications that are easy to use by consumers to achieve better health at home. For home health care services, the guide assists health professionals on how to select tools to help people manage health concerns, monitor important indicators of their health, and communicate with their formal and informal caregivers.

Topics covered include the following:...

Team Up. Pressure Down. 11/12/12

This nationwide program aims to lower blood pressure and prevent hypertension through patient–pharmacist engagement. The videos and resources on this page can help patients, pharmacists, and health care providers better understand high blood pressure and the steps they can take to prevent or treat it.

Resources include the following:

  • Blood pressure journal
  • Medication tracker wallet card
  • Pocket discussion tool
  • Drug Adherence Work-up (DRAW ©) tool...

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