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Regional Coalition Collaboration Guide 10/31/08

An essential component of implementing value-driven health care is creating a national network of regional coalitions. This guide can help community leaders create and sustain regional coalitions. Through reports from six pilot sites that have successfully built and managed regional coalitions, community leaders can read about first steps, leadership building, and community initiatives to create a value-driven health care system.

Topics in the guide include:

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2006 National Healthcare Disparities Report 06/30/08

The 2006 National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) monitors the Nation’s annual progress toward eliminating disparities in health care among racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. The 2006 report focuses on 22 core measures of quality and 6 core measures of access; income group comparisons highlight 17 core quality measures and 6 core access measures.

The report includes the following sections:

  • Key themes and highlights
  • Introduction and methods
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Becoming a High Reliability Organization: Operational Advice for Hospital Leaders 06/04/08

This document is written for hospital leaders interested in providing patients with safer and higher quality care. It presents the thoughts, successes, and failures of hospital leaders who have used concepts of high reliability to make patient care better. Creating an organizational culture and set of work processes that reduce system failures and effectively respond when failures do occur is the goal of high reliability thinking.

This tool addresses the following topics:

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Health Literacy Improvement 05/30/08

This Web site provides health literacy tools, Government resources, research, and reports to help improve materials so individuals can better obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions.

Tools include:

  • Sample action plan to improve health literacy
  • Quick guide to health literacy
  • Quick guide to health literacy and older adults
  • Toolkit for trainers: Teaching older adults how to...
Quality Improvement in Rural Hospitals: How Networking Can Help 05/15/08

This technical assistance resource discusses the challenges and obstacles faced by small, rural hospitals, as well as the assets and advantages often overlooked in considering how to improve health care quality. It explores how rural hospitals can collaborate to overcome potential barriers and use networks as a vehicle for implementing and sustaining meaningful quality improvement initiatives. It also provides quality improvement projects examples and a resource guide.

This tool...

Improving Chlamydia Screening: Strategies from Top Performing Health Plans 03/19/08

This report provides practical examples of successful initiatives to increase chlamydia screenings. It includes three examples of chlamydia screening strategies of top performing health plans:

  • Profile A: Multifaceted approach to increasing chlamydia screening rates
  • Profile B: One-on-one OB/GYN training, “risky behavior” brochures
  • Profile C: Hosted annual chlamydia screening dinner with doctors and focus groups with members
State Health Policy Survey Report: 2007 Guide to State Adverse Event Reporting Systems 03/19/08

In an effort to improve patient safety, the State Health Policy Survey Report: 2007 Guide to State Adverse Event Reporting Systems provides a comparison of systems authorized by State governments to collect information about adverse events. The report is intended to identify trends in adverse event reporting systems governance and can help identify health system weaknesses, complement other State functions, and help safeguard health care consumers.

This guide compares the following...

Management of Small Cell Lung Cancer: Evidence Report/Technology Assessment 12/17/07

This evidence report summarizes and analyzes evidence on selected aspects of managing patients diagnosed with small cell lung cancer.

This report addresses the following topics:

  • Introduction
    • Objective of systematic review
    • Epidemiology and public health impact on small cell lung cancer
    • Current staging and treatment strategies for small cell lung cancer
    • Key questions for the systematic review
  • Methods
    • Peer review
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Quality of Health Care for Children and Adolescents: A Chartbook 12/17/07

This chartbook is the first comprehensive national report on the quality of pediatric care. The researchers reviewed over 500 studies and synthesized this information into 40 charts that provide a portrait of the current state of pediatric health care.

The chartbook finds dramatic progress in some areas–such as reductions in hospital-acquired infections in pediatric intensive care units–and serious challenges in many others–such as gaps in preventive care and developmental services. It...

The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General 12/17/07

The 29th report of the Surgeon General examines the toxicology, prevalence, health effects, and control of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke.

This report includes the following information:

  • Introduction, summary, and conclusions
  • Toxicology of secondhand smoke
    • Evidence of carcinogenic effects from secondhand smoke exposure
    • Mechanisms of respiratory tract injury and disease caused by secondhand smoke exposure
    • Mechanisms of secondhand smoke...

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