This tool is an online continuing education program (CME) for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses, case managers, health educators, and medical assistants. The course addresses key findings and clinical applications from a systematic review of comparative risks and benefits of therapies for clinically localized prostate cancer. This CME activity covers the core competencies and educational needs for medical knowledge, practice-based learning and...
This online toolkit for public health professionals provides information on the links between health, equity, and transportation. The resources assist public health and transportation communities to coordinate in creating one common message about the concerns surrounding healthy communities and transportation systems.
The toolkit includes the following:
- Training and guiding principles for health and transportation communications
- Talking points
This Web site can help patients prepare for their medical appointments, ask questions, and talk with their doctor and other members of their health care team. The interactive site provides a path to encourage question development before, during, and after appointments so patients can better understand their condition and be more involved in their health care.
Tools and resources available include:
- Patient and clinician videos
- Be More Involved in Your...
These toolkits were designed to reduce health care–associated infections (HAIs) that patients acquire during the course of receiving treatment for other conditions within a health care setting. The toolkits provide information on improvements in clinical practice, medical procedures, and the ongoing development of evidence-based infection control guidance and prevention successes to detect infections and develop new strategies to prevent health care–associated infections.
This toolkit for home health agencies, private duty nursing services, home-based hospices, and other organizations providing health care services, provides resources and tools to plan and implement health information technology in the home health location.
Each tool includes a statement of purpose, instructions for use of the tool, and tool structure. The toolkit consists of seven stages categorized into three main sections:
- Section 1: Adopt
- Assess ...
This guide for hospital leaders presents the evidence for racial and ethnic disparities in health care and provides the rationale for addressing them with a focus on quality, cost, risk management, and accreditation. The guide also highlights case studies and model practices, and recommends activities and resources that can help hospitals identify and address disparities in order to achieve equity for patients.
The guide is divided into the following sections:
The STate Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) Initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and The Commonwealth Fund aims to reduce avoidable rehospitalizations and is focused on two components:
- A multistate learning community to improve transitions of care
- Targeted technical assistance to address systemic barriers to reducing avoidable rehospitalizations
The project Web site includes the following materials:
This toolkit, designed for small- and medium-sized health care practices and organizations, provides a workflow analysis for the planning, design, implementation, and use of health information technology (health IT). The analyses and redesign incorporates what is currently being used, what will be used during transition and the end result of implementing health IT to improve workflow.
Tools available in the kit include:
- Flowchart ...
This series of free, interactive courses provide Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) data users with information about HCUP data and tools, and training on technical methods for conducting research with HCUP data. The online courses are modular, so users can either move through an entire course, or access sections that interest them the most.
The courses include the following:
- HCUP overview course
- Load and check HCUP data
Partnering to Heal is a computer-based, video-simulation training program on infection control practices for clinicians, health professional students, and patient advocates. It highlights effective communication about infection control practices and ideas for creating a culture of safety in health care institutions to keep patients from getting sicker.
The training promotes these key behaviors:
- Hand washing