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 Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns initiative aims to reduce preterm births and improve outcomes for newborns and pregnant women. This toolkit provides action-oriented resources for health care providers and community-based organizations to use in helping expectant mothers get safe, evidence-based care, and improve their newborn’s chances for good physical and developmental health.
Resources include the following:
- Patient safety checklists
This collection of palliative care tools can help improve health care for patients near the end of life and their families. These tools were developed through the national program Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care , which sought innovative ways of integrating high-quality palliative care services in critical care settings. Through the work of several demonstration projects, they developed palliative care models for intensive care units and assessed the impact on the quality...
This Practice Alert from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) provides brief, vital instructions to improve management and prevent mortality in patients with severe sepsis. AACN Practice Alerts TM are short directives designed for easy reference. The first part of the Practice Alert is the clinical information followed by references to support the clinical statements.
This Practice Alert also includes the following tools:
This Web site from the American Academy of Family Physicians provides step-by-step project plans and tools to build a patient-centered medical home. It also includes a checklist for practices to determine if they are already a patient-centered medical home.
The Web site is divided into the following sections:
- Practice organization
- Health information technology
- Quality care
- Patient-centered care
This tool, for program managers of mental health peer-run programs and self-help groups, provides a step-by-step process to assess and cultivate cultural competency. The guide helps program managers identify strengths and limitations in five key organizational areas to meet the needs of its members. The five focus areas follow:
- Administration, policies, and guidelines
- Peer providers and group leaders
- Services and support
- Program and group environment...
BodyWorks is a program designed to help parents and caregivers of adolescents improve family eating and activity habits. The program focuses on parents as role models and provides them with hands-on tools to make small, specific behavior changes to prevent obesity and help maintain a healthy weight.
The BodyWorks program uses a train-the-trainer model to distribute the toolkit through community-based organizations, state health agencies, nonprofit organizations, health clinics,...
These tools and resources guide health care facilities in organizing institution-wide support for clinicians following adverse events. Included is a toolkit for organizations to use regardless of where they are on the spectrum—from those in the early stages of looking at different support models to those who may already have programs in place.
The following tools are also available:
- Organizational assessment tool for clinician support
- Building a clinician...
This guide, for adults 50 and older, describes the benefits of exercise and physical activity. It shows how to set exercise goals and stick to them. It also includes sample exercises for endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility and a list of resources.
The guide is organized into the following sections:
- Chapter 1: Get ready
- Chapter 2: Get set
- Chapter 3: Go!
- Chapter 4: Sample exercises
- Chapter 5: How am I doing?...
These curricular modules, for pharmacy faculty, integrate health literacy and health literacy quality improvement into courses, experiential education, and projects for PharmD students and pharmacy residents. The modules are adaptable for use in lectures, seminars, laboratory classes, and experiential education.
The modules consist of 17 activity guides with 4 accompanying PowerPoint presentations. Each activity guide includes a list of further resources.