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QualityTools

2011 National Healthcare Quality Report 05/21/12

The key function of the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is to summarize the state of health care quality and access for the nation and report on progress and opportunities for improving health care quality, as mandated by the U.S. Congress. This report measures trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient-centeredness, and efficiency of care.

The 2011 report presents expanded analyses of care received by older Americans. It also...

Dartmouth Atlas Project 05/09/12

The Dartmouth Atlas Project Web site provides data and information on how medical resources are distributed and used in the United States. The project uses Medicare data to provide comprehensive information and analysis about national, regional, and local markets, as well as individual hospitals and their affiliated physicians. This research has helped policymakers, the media, health care analysts, and others improve their understanding of the health care system and forms the foundation for...

Safe Patient Handling and Movement 03/19/12

These tools and resources from the VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry were developed as part of an effort to test innovations and decrease risk related to patient handling and movement.

The tools and resources provided include the following:

  • Report on safe patient handling in inpatient psychiatry
  • Safe patient handling program and facility design: Directive 2010-032
  • Guidelines for the design and construction of health care facilities
  • ...
My Life Check 03/13/12

This online assessment tool can help consumers learn the state of their heart and what they can do to live a better life. The tool uses information such as blood pressure, smoking status, diet, and physical activity to determine the user’s current heart score. It also provides a customized action plan to help users improve their score and reach their ideal cardiovascular health.

Heart Attack Risk Calculator 01/13/12

This risk assessment tool, for people age 20 or older, provides information to assess a person’s risk for heart disease, heart attack, or other future heart problems. The tool uses information such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar levels to help determine a level of risk for heart problems. Upon completing the questionnaire, users can print various reports to help them make a plan with their doctor to reduce their risk.

This tool is also available in Spanish...

Implementing Multicultural Health Care Standards: Ideas and Examples 08/17/11

This guide provides ideas and examples to aid in the implementation of the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA’s) standards for distinction in Multicultural Health Care (MHC). Examples are drawn from applicants to the NCQA Recognizing Innovation in Multicultural Health Care Awards Program. From 2006 to 2009, health plans submitted applications to this program, highlighting their activities as they sought to improve culturally and linguistically appropriate services and reduce...

MOVE!® Weight Management Program 08/17/11

MOVE! is a national weight management program designed by the Veterans Health Affairs (VHA) National Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention to help veterans lose weight, keep it off, and improve their health.

This Web site contains information about the MOVE! program for veterans and health professionals, and includes program handouts, success stories, healthy living messages, and other resources.

Only veterans receiving care in the Veterans Affairs (...

How To Display Comparative Information That People Can Understand and Use 05/24/11

This report, for health care professionals and community leaders, provides approaches to make the display of quality information more useful and relevant to health care consumers. It can be used to evaluate the display strategies in a report; explore an array of display strategies that can improve the clarity and usability of comparative quality information; and identify the strategies to help communicate more effectively with consumers, which is a first step toward being more actively...

Clinical Team Training 05/09/11

This is a communication program for health care provider teams to improve patient care by enhancing interaction and exchange of information when providing care. The references and learning materials can be applied in various health care settings to improve patient outcomes through more effective communication and teamwork.

Nemours Health & Prevention Services: Publications 03/17/11

This Web page from Nemours Health & Prevention Services offers free downloads of their published materials regarding overweight children, emotional health, and public health promotion. It includes toolkits, guides, and reports on how to prevent and treat children with weight and nutrition issues.

Materials available include:

  • Tools for early childhood professionals
    • Sesame Street ® Healthy Habits for Life
    • Best Practices for Healthy Eating...

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