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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...
Medicine and Pregnancy Fact Sheet 09/20/12

The Medicine and Pregnancy Fact Sheet provides tips for women on how to keep themselves and their babies safe during pregnancy by getting the facts before taking medications.

This tool is also available in Spanish.

Performance Measurement and Public Reporting Quality Toolbox 09/19/12

This toolbox for patients and consumers provides information on how consumers can make health care decisions that improve the quality of care that they receive. These presentations, fact sheets, guidelines, and surveys can assist consumers by helping them get high quality care.

The toolkit includes:

  • Consumer principles on measurement and public reporting
  • Patient experience survey
  • Transparency: shedding light on health care quality
  • Performance...
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...
Severe Sepsis Practice Alert and Tools 07/13/12

This Practice Alert from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) provides brief, vital instructions to improve management and prevent mortality in patients with severe sepsis. AACN Practice Alerts TM are short directives designed for easy reference. The first part of the Practice Alert is the clinical information followed by references to support the clinical statements.

This Practice Alert also includes the following tools:

  • Severe...
Dietary Supplement Fact Sheets 04/25/12

These fact sheets provide evidence-based summaries for health professionals and consumers on specific vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other dietary supplements. The fact sheets cover health effects, safety, recommended amounts, interactions with medicines, and other topics.

Several fact sheets and other resources are also available in Spanish.

Caregiver Briefcase 02/02/12

This online tool, for psychologists and other health professionals, provides tools and resources to address the many challenges of improving the lives of contemporary family caregivers. The user-friendly briefcase contains a wide range of information, including common caregiving problems, assessment tools, and how to advocate for family caregivers.

The briefcase is divided into the following sections:

  • Caregiving facts
  • Practice
  • Research
  • Education...
Effective Health Care Program: Research Summaries for Consumers, Clinicians, and Policymakers 01/13/12

These research summaries, for consumers, clinicians, and policymakers, provide information about the benefits and risks of different treatments for different health conditions. The summaries are based on comparative effectiveness reviews that cover numerous health topics. The summaries are not clinical recommendations or guidelines and should not be interpreted as such.

The covered health topics include:

  • Breathing conditions
  • Cancer
  • Developmental...
Effective Health Care Program: Tools and Resources 01/13/12

This section of the Effective Health Care Program Web site provides tools and resources to help consumers, clinicians, policymakers, and others make more informed health care decisions. The materials cover various health topics and are developed through patient-centered outcomes research. The site also provides materials for researchers and others interested in the systematic study of evidence and research methods.

Tools and resources include:

  • Patient decision...
Health Information Technology Toolkit for Physician Offices 12/08/11

This toolkit for physician offices helps these health care organizations assess their readiness, plan, select, implement, make effective use of, and exchange important information about the clients they serve. The toolkit contains resources and tools for telehealth, health information exchange, and personal health records.

The toolkit supplies a variety of tools for use at different points in health information technology adoption. It consists of seven stages categorized into...

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