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Connecting Those at Risk to Care: The Quick Start Guide to Developing Community Care Coordination Pathways 03/03/16

This quick start guide complements the Pathways Community HUB Manual: A Guide To Identify and Address Risk Factors, Reduce Costs, and Improve Outcomes, published in 2016 by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). That manual provides beginning tools and strategies for ensuring that individuals most at risk of poor health outcomes are served in a timely, coordinated manner.

The quick start guide is a reference and resource for public and private stakeholders engaged in...

Patient and Family Engagement Resource Compendium 02/23/16

The Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) developed this compendium to link patient and family engagement concepts and strategies to available resources. The compendium resources are designed to support hospital efforts to partner with patients and families to improve health care quality. 

The compendium includes the following sections:

  • Leadership
  • Organizational assessments
  • Patient and family advisory council/committee: resources for...
SHARE Approach Curriculum Tools 02/12/16

The SHARE Approach is a five-step process for shared decision making that includes exploring and comparing the benefits, harms, and risks of each option through meaningful dialogue about what matters most to the patient. The five steps of the SHARE Approach are as follows:

  1. Seek your patient’s participation
  2. Help your patient explore and compare treatment options
  3. Assess your patient's values and preferences
  4. Reach a decision with your patient
  5. ...
Interagency Guideline on Prescribing Opioids for Pain 01/13/16

The Interagency Guideline on Prescribing Opioids for Pain offers a balanced approach to pain management that includes recommendations for using opioids when appropriate. This is an updated version of the 2010 guideline. The 2015 guideline expands its focus to include opioid use in acute, subacute, and perioperative pain phases and in special populations. It also includes sections on tapering and opioid use disorder. This guideline followed a rigorous and transparent development process and...

Planning and Implementing Screening and Brief Intervention for Risky Alcohol Use: A Step-by-Step Guide for Primary Care Practices 08/11/15

This guide provides a process and resources to help primary care practice staff plan and implement an alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI) to identify and assist patients who may be drinking too much. Alcohol SBI is a clinical preventive service recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force for all adult patients. The guide lays out each of the steps required to plan, implement, and continually improve this preventive service as a routine element of standard practice. It...

Tips for Group Leaders and Facilitators on Involving Patients and Families on Committees and Task Forces 12/10/14

This tip sheet is a tool to help foster collaboration between administrators of health care organizations and patient and family advisors. It provides recommendations for group leaders and facilitators on each stage of getting patients and families involved in committees and task forces.

The tip sheet is divided into the following sections:

  • Selecting patients and families to serve as advisors
  • Preparation for meetings
  • During meetings
  • Anticipate...
Mobile Health Roadmap 07/16/14

The Mobile Health Roadmap provides guidance to professionals, organizations, corporations, and health systems on the adoption of mobile and mHealth (mobile health) devices. Mobile devices are becoming increasingly present in the health community for providers and patients alike. The roadmap gives background information on each topic, followed by the current state of adoption and possible future improvements.

This roadmap has the following sections:

  • New care models
  • ...
Wisconsin Quality of Life Index Instruments 07/10/14

The Wisconsin Quality of Life Index (W-QLI) is a multidimensional model for measuring patients’ quality of life. It takes into account the different perspectives of the patient, the patient’s family, and the clinician, both currently and over time. The W-QLI Web site provides five instruments, an assessment manual, coding and scoring books, and validation papers.

The following instruments are available to download:

  • Caregiver questionnaire
  • Client...
HIPAA Security Risk Assessment 07/10/14

This online tool from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is designed to help small and medium-sized health care provider organizations conduct information security risk assessments required under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule. Risk assessment helps an organization ensure it is complying with HIPAA’S administrative, physical, and technical safeguards. Assessment also helps reveal areas where an organization’s protected health...

Oral Health Risk Assessment Tool 07/08/14

The Oral Health Risk Assessment (OHRA) Tool helps pediatricians and other medical providers understand risk factors, protective factors, and clinical findings related to dental caries in young children.

Accompanying the OHRA Tool is the Self-Management Goal Sheet for Parents and Caregivers, outlining simple lifestyle and diet changes that can improve a family’s oral health.

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