Healthy Work Environment Assessment 09/21/10

This assessment tool can be used for any health care environment to measure its health against the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments. These standards identify the systemic behaviors that maintain patient safety, ensure optimal outcomes, and support excellence in nursing practice.

The AACN Healthy Work Environment Assessment provides:

  • A baseline measurement of how an organization...
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Quality Indicators (QIs) 09/20/10

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Quality Indicators (QIs) are a set of decisionmaking and research tools for program managers, researchers, and others at the Federal, State, and local levels. Broken into four modules, the tools provide ways to measure quality associated with processes of care that occur in an outpatient or an inpatient setting based on hospital discharge data.

The four modules are:

  • Prevention QIs: Identify...
Selecting Quality and Resource Use Measures: A Decision Guide for Community Quality Collaboratives 08/26/10

This guide is intended to be used by community quality collaboratives who are interested in evaluating quality of care and resource use measures. The guide answers 26 questions for collaboratives that are striving to improve the quality of health care in their communities.

The questions are grouped into five parts:

  • Introduction to performance data
  • Introduction to measures of quality
  • Introduction to resource use/efficiency measures
  • ...
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...
The Safety Reporting Portal 06/28/10

The Safety Reporting Portal streamlines the process of reporting product safety issues to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The portal allows the public (manufacturer, health care professional, researcher, public health official, or concerned citizen) to submit a safety report about the food supply, medicines, and other products in the United States.

Reports can be submitted for safety issues involving the following:

Shared Decision Making Toolkits 04/28/10

These toolkits for clinicians help establish a health support center for assisting patients in making health care decisions. Each set provides guidelines and examples to be used in either primary or specialty care settings for the best decision support a patient would need.

Toolkits include:

  • Starting a shared decision making center
  • Decision support toolkit for primary care
  • Decision support toolkit for specialty care
    • Breast cancer
    • Hip and...
Healthy Women Publications 04/01/10

This Web site provides many health information publications for women, covering topics from cancer to heart disease to reproductive health. The special health issues include guides and specialty booklets, tip/fact cards, and tip sheets to give the latest health information to female consumers. Select publications are available in English and Spanish.

Increasing Efficiency and Enhancing Value in Health Care: Ways to Achieve Savings in Operating Costs per Year 03/23/10

This white paper describes the concepts and steps necessary to systematically identify and eliminate waste at health care organizations while maintaining or improving quality. It is divided into five sections:

  1. Three approaches to improving value
  2. Understanding the opportunity to decrease cost by reducing waste
  3. Developing a portfolio of waste reduction projects to reach the goal
  4. Tools for tracking “dark green dollars”
  5. Integrating waste...
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System 03/17/10

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System is a national survey of six areas of health risk behavior among youth and young adults. The priority areas are:

  1. Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence
  2. Tobacco use
  3. Alcohol and other drug use
  4. Sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including human immunodeficiency virus infection
  5. Unhealthy dietary behaviors
  6. Physical...
One Size Does Not Fit All: Meeting the Health Care Needs of Diverse Populations 02/17/10

This report for hospitals and health care organizations provides a guide for improving the quality of care for the diverse patient groups. The report includes a self-assessment tool for organizations to assess their current care practices and services, and identify areas for improvement. The tool measures practices over four key themes: building a foundation, collecting and using data to improve services, accommodating the needs of specific populations, and establishing internal and external...


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