Sustainability for Community Quality Collaboratives: An Overview of the Art & Science of Building Staying Power 06/10/09

This set of tools and resources for community leaders help to build, maintain, and refine an infrastructure that supports and advances the mission of organizations that are working together to transform health care at the local level.

Information and tools provided include:

  • Introduction
  • Life stages: Designing for the present and the future
  • Value is the core
  • Leading practices
  • Community quality collaborative business model insights
  • ...
Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture 06/07/09

In 2004, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, a staff survey designed to help hospitals assess the culture of safety in their institutions. Since then, hundreds of hospitals across the United States and internationally have implemented the survey.

In response to requests from hospitals interested in comparing their safety culture survey results to other hospitals, AHRQ funded the development of a comparative...

IDEALL Health Project: Improving Diabetes Efforts Across Language and Literacy: Automated Telephone Disease Management (ATDM) Protocol 05/15/09

This protocol from the Improving Diabetes Efforts Across Language and Literacy (IDEALL) Health Project helps facilitators implement the Automated Telephone Diabetes Management (ATDM) support component. The tool is used for the two forms of support–automated telephone diabetes management and group medical visits–which were implemented for a group of patients with poor control of type 2 diabetes.

The topics covered include:

  • Overview
  • Survey details
  • Data...
INTERMED Method 05/15/09

The INTERMED method is an action-oriented, decision support tool for clinicians, which assesses patient complexity, stimulates interdisciplinary communication, and can help patients and clinicians make decisions about treatment plans. It is a multidimensional rating scale used by health care providers to conduct a quick yet comprehensive assessment of complex medical and surgical patients.

The site includes:

  • An introductory video
  • Bedside manual (available...
Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale 04/13/09

This 10-question scale is a valuable and efficient way of identifying patients at risk for postnatal depression. It is easy to administer and has proven to be an effective screening tool.

Mothers who score above 13 are likely to be suffering from a depressive illness of varying severity. The score should not, however, override clinical judgment; a careful clinical assessment should be carried out to confirm the diagnosis. The scale indicates how the mother has felt during the...

LIVESTRONG℠ Care Plan 04/08/09

The LIVE STRONG Care Plan, written for survivors of adult cancer, is a simple online questionnaire that patients or their caregivers can complete to provide cancer survivors with individualized information regarding the health risks they face as a result of cancer therapies, as well as a defined plan of action to maintain their health once they are out of treatment. The LIVE STRONG Care Plan is also available in Spanish.

Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture 03/31/09

This survey, designed to be administered to outpatient medical office providers and staff, asks for opinions about the culture of patient safety and health care quality in medical offices.

The survey was designed for medical offices with at least three providers (physicians, either MD or DO; physician assistants; nurse practitioners; or other providers licensed to diagnose medical problems, treat patients, and prescribe medications). Survey administration in solo practitioner or...

Provider's Guide to Quality & Culture 02/19/09

This Web site helps health care organizations throughout the US to provide high-quality, culturally competent services to multi-ethnic populations. Through support tools and tutorials, the site serves as a source for health professionals seeking resources on cultural issues within the context of quality of care for the improvement of global health.

Topics covered include:

  • Getting started
    • What is cultural competence?
    • Evaluating oneself
    • Avoiding...
School Community Toolkit 02/05/09
This toolkit helps members of school communities understand and support students with autism. It features information and resources that educators and administrative staff can use to plan and support students in general education environments and involvement in the school community.

Topics covered include:
  • Introduction
  • What is autism?
  • How might a child with special needs be a part of our school?
  • General strategies for intervention
  • For specific...
Percent Energy From Fat Screener 01/29/09

This short assessment instrument is used to estimate an individual’s usual intake of percent energy from fat. The foods asked about in the instrument were selected because they were the most important predictors of variability in percent energy from fat among adults in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 1989-1991 Continuing Survey of Food Intakes of Individuals.


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