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Your Heart, Your Life: A Lay Health Educator's Program 10/04/10

The Your Heart, Your Life program for lay health educators can help them learn about heart health and how to teach others. The program includes two Web-based training courses that will help educators acquire the knowledge, skills, and motivating factors to help them take action against heart disease.
It will also help them develop skills for leading sessions about heart health in their community.

This program is also available in Spanish.

WhyNotTheBest.org 09/20/10

This Web site is designed for health care professionals interested in tracking performance on various measures of health care quality. The resources available assist organizations to compare their performance against that of peer organizations, against a range of benchmarks, and over time. The site provides tools like case studies, publications, and methodology.

POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) 09/10/10

POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) is a form that states what kind of medical treatment patients want toward the end of their lives. It is intended to help give seriously ill patients more control over their end-of-life care.

The POLST form and its related resources, including a brochure and videos, are available in multiple languages.

Resources for Managing Pediatric Obesity 08/26/10

These resources, developed by the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition, are intended to provide primary care physicians with practical guidance on the approach to the obese child. They include resources for physicians as well as informational handouts for them to share with their patients’ families.

The resources for physicians include:

  • Primary care pocket guide to pediatric obesity management
  • Child and adolescent healthy weight and nutrition tips
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Hospice PEACE Project 07/22/10

This Web site provides information and clinical tools from the PEACE (Prepare, Embrace, Attend, Communicate, and Empower) Project. The PEACE Project developed quality measures for hospice and palliative care organizations to assess quality of care and target areas for improvement. The tools, covering all domains of quality of care included in the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care and endorsed by the National Quality Forum, include:

  • Recommended assessment...
Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care: Step-by-Step Guidance for Assessment and Intervention - Therapist Resource Guide 07/22/10

This Web site provides electronic versions of the documents from the book Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care: Step-by-Step Guidance for Assessment and Intervention . Clinicians, including psychologists and social workers, family physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and health care educators, can use these resources to build an integrated primary care service in various health settings. The tools cover multiple behavioral health issues and can be adapted or altered to...

Health Care Language Services Implementation Guide 07/21/10

This guide, for health care organizations and professionals in clinical settings, provides information on how to implement language access services (LAS) for individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP). It lays out the basic steps for implementing LAS, and the process for carrying out each step is explained in detail and supplemented with links to resources and tips on alternative ways to complete the step.

The guide is organized into the following sections:

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Mills Depression and Anxiety Checklist 06/28/10

This checklist, for women who have recently given birth, provides a list of symptoms and feelings they may experience to evaluate depression or anxiety. The self-evaluation can provide a basis for conversation with a health care provider for treatment, if needed.

Communicating With Your Patient About Harm 06/07/10

This guide for health care professionals provides advice on communicating with patients if an unanticipated poor clinical outcome has occurred during care, particularly in the difficult circumstances in which health care delivery is suspected or known to have contributed to that poor outcome. Effective communication can improve patient outcomes and satisfaction and reduce harm, misunderstandings, complaints, and lawsuits.

The guide is divided into the following sections:

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Von Willebrand Disease (VWD) Virtual Toolkit 05/27/10
This resource kit for health care providers and patients provides information about von Willebrand Disease (VWD), the most common hereditary bleeding disorder. Awareness of the signs and symptoms of VWD is available through pamphlets, brochures, fact sheets, a patient questionnaire, and links to other Web sites.

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