A Guide to Group Visits for Chronic Conditions Affected by Overweight and Obesity 07/05/11

Group medical visits for conditions caused or affected by poor fitness habits offer an opportunity to provide patients with accurate information on nutrition, physical activity, and emotional well-being. This guide provides physicians with detailed information about group visits and includes instructions, tips, and checklists to assist in preparing, conducting, and billing for group visits.

In addition, the guide includes samples of the following materials:

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National Commission on Correctional Health Care: Nursing Chronic Disease Flowsheet 06/07/11

This flowsheet can help correctional health care professionals effectively manage diseases commonly found in jails, prisons, and juvenile confinement facilities. It is designed to be used for a nursing chronic disease visit that occurs between a clinician’s chronic disease visits. The form allows tracking of vital signs, nursing history, and data (e.g., labs, medications) to be viewed over time to assess clinical trends.

The Health Communicator's Social Media Toolkit 05/24/11

This toolkit for health communicators provides information on using social media to improve the reach of their health messages, increase access to their content, further participation with audiences, and advance transparency to improve health communication efforts. The toolkit is intended for a beginner audience, although some viewers with an intermediate level may find parts of the toolkit useful.

Topics covered include:

  • Social media introduction
    • Social...
Preventing Pressure Ulcers in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care 04/21/11

This toolkit for health care professionals in hospitals provides ways to implement effective pressure ulcer prevention practices through an interdisciplinary approach to care. The document includes an implementation guide with tools and resources, organized under six major questions to be used by a team leading the effort to plan and put the strategies into practice. The tools and resources are designed to be used by multiple audiences and for different purposes.

The six...

Patient Self-Care Workbooks for COPD and Heart Failure 03/21/11

These workbooks may be used by clinicians to help educate patients (or caregivers) about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure. They provide simple explanations of each of the diseases and cover signs and symptoms patients should report to their physician, medications, diet and exercise considerations, and treatment information. The workbooks encourage patients to become involved in the management of their own chronic illnesses by helping them set goals and...

Customized Common Industry Format Template for Electronic Health Record Usability Testing 03/02/11

This document can assist electronic health record (EHR) vendors, health care providers, and researchers in effectively communicating the results of EHR usability testing. It provides a template to guide EHR usability test administrators to meet the usability processes approach put forth by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The document also includes appendices that provide the following:

  • Sample recruiting screener
  • Participant...
Medication Reconciliation Essential Data Specifications 03/01/11

This resource can help health care providers collect, communicate, and manage critical information needed for medication reconciliation when patients move from one practice setting or level of care to another. Data collection may be electronic or on paper. This information can be used to reduce medication errors and ensure safe transitions.

Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care: A Roadmap for Hospitals 01/31/11

This guide for hospitals shows how to combine concepts from multiple disciplines into a plan for improving communication, cultural competence, and patient- and family-centered care. It provides suggestions on how hospitals can address patient needs, meet the new patient-centered communication standards, and comply with Joint Commission requirements.

The guide includes:

  • Example practices
  • Information on laws and regulations
  • Links to supplemental...
Behavioral Health Practitioner Communication Form 01/21/11

This form aids physicians in communicating vital information about patients to behavioral health practitioners when referring them. The form details relevant health information such as medication use (to avoid contraindications), past and present medical conditions, allergies, relevant lab results, and contact information for the referring physician. It can also aid in discussions about treatments and provide a full picture of past treatments and methodologies with patients.


Genetic Counseling Cultural and Linguistic Competence Toolkit 01/18/11

The Genetic Counseling Cultural and Linguistic Competence Toolkit (GCCCT) is a resource portal that provides information for genetic counselors, genetic counseling training programs and students, health care providers, and members of the general public. Its purpose is to improve the delivery of culturally responsive, client-centered genetic counseling to diverse populations and to reduce health disparities.

The toolkit contains a variety of materials, including:

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