Coordinated-Transitional Care Toolkit 03/26/13

Coordinated-Transitional Care (C-TraC) is a low-resource, telephone-based, protocol-driven program designed to reduce 30-day rehospitalizations and to improve care transitions during the early posthospital period. The goal of this toolkit is to help hospital systems that serve populations with high rates of patient dispersion, cognitive impairment, and vulnerability improve care coordination and postdischarge outcomes such as reduced medication discrepancies.

This toolkit is...

Preventing Falls in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care 03/20/13

This toolkit, for hospitals, provides guidance on overcoming the challenges associated with developing, implementing, and sustaining a fall prevention program. It focuses specifically on reducing falls that occur during a patient’s hospital stay.

The toolkit is designed for multiple uses. The core document is an implementation guide organized under six major questions intended to be used primarily by the Implementation Team charged with leading the effort to put the new prevention...

Vermont Child Health Improvement Program: Tools and Resources 03/07/13

This Web site provides tools and resources developed by the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP) that can assist in carrying out quality improvement projects. The tools and resources are a combination of tools developed through VCHIP’s various projects, relevant Web pages, and key publications of active and completed projects.

The Web site is divided into the following sections:

  • Perinatal
  • Early childhood
  • School age and adolescence
  • ...
Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS®) Tools and Materials 02/13/13

Team Strategy and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS ®) is an evidence-based teamwork system aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and other teamwork skills. This multimedia resource kit helps organizations plan, conduct, and evaluate its team training program. It includes ready-to-use materials and training curricula necessary to integrate teamwork principles into all areas of a health care system.

This kit includes the...

National Quality Strategy Tools 02/06/13

The National Quality Strategy (NQS) was first published in March 2011 and is led by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Established as part of the Affordable Care Act, the NQS serves as a catalyst and compass for a nationwide focus on quality improvement efforts and an approach to measuring quality. 

The NQS Tools page includes the following resources:

  • National Quality Strategy 5-Year...
Enhancing the Management of Neuropathic Pain in the Long-Term Care Setting 01/24/13

This toolkit provides strategies and templates to help long-term care facilities and their clinicians implement a performance improvement project. The goal of this project is to help clinicians accurately and appropriately manage residents with neuropathic or persistent pain.

The toolkit includes the following components:

  1. Introduction
  2. Algorithm and instructions for toolkit implementation
  3. Sample data collection form and performance measures/...
Give Kids a Smile Toolbox 01/24/13

The American Dental Association launched the Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) program as a way for dentists across the country to join with others in their community to provide dental services to underserved children.

The GKAS Program Planning Toolbox is a resource for dentists and other team members interested in implementing the program in their community. The guide includes a step-by-step timetable on how to plan an educational, screening, or treatment event; how to promote the event...

How To Increase Cancer Screening Rates: A Quality Improvement Toolkit for Busy Office Practices 01/16/13

This toolkit, for physicians and clinical staff, provides evidence-based action steps and tools to improve cancer screening rates in their practice. By increasing cancer screening rates, practices can improve quality performance measures.

The toolkit has three main components:

  1. The four essentials and related tools to improve cancer screening rates
  2. Clinic self-assessment using the four essentials
  3. Guidance and tips for effective office training...
Choose Your Cover: Skin Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Toolkit 12/17/12

This toolkit can help organizers develop a Choose Your Cover skin cancer awareness, education, and free screening program in their community. This program brings free skin cancer screenings; complimentary sunscreen; and a wealth of vital skin safety information, involving cancer detection, prevention, and sun smart precautions, directly to the at-risk population of people who spend extended time in the sun—at the beach, ballpark, and other outdoor venues.

The toolkit...

ADOPT Toolkit 12/11/12

This Web site, for health care providers, offers “how to” resources on using technology to assist care coordination and improve the independence of older adults. The guides range from planning and development to implementation and evaluation in the following four areas:

  • Remote patient monitoring
  • Medication optimization
  • Care transitions
  • Mobile health

The toolkits contain checklists, lessons learned, and other resources to help to...


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