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Conversation Starter Kit 10/31/14

The Conversation Starter Kit can help consumers organize their thoughts and wishes, and then have conversations about end-of-life care with their friends, family, and doctor. The kit gives suggestions on steps to take while making these decisions. There is also a form where individuals can put their end-of-life decisions onto paper. 

Advance Care Planning Goals of Care 10/30/14

Advance Care Planning is a way to help you think about talk about and document wishes for health care. A Goals of Care Designation is a medical order used to describe and communicate the general aim or focus of care including the preferred location of that care. Although Advance Care Planning conversations don’t always result in determining a Goals of Care Designation they are useful building blocks to conversations.

Included in the Advance Care Planning:

  • An E-learning...
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.

Prehospital Medical Information System 05/21/14

The Prehospital Medical Information System (PreMIS) is a State-mandated, Internet-based emergency medical services (EMS) information system that collects data on each EMS call report made within the States of Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia. Submitted data provide hospitals and EMS administrators the capability to evaluate EMS patient care and system performance.

The PreMIS Web page includes video instructions and patient handoff forms. Although...

Toolkit for the Follow-Up Care of the Premature Infant 03/12/14

This toolkit for health care professionals provides information and resources to help facilitate the care of premature infants and improve their outcomes. It is designed to aid communication between members of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and health care professionals in the outpatient setting and to improve the quality and continuity of follow-up care for premature infants. The toolkit is a compilation of practical tools and references for the management of premature infants upon...

Worker Safety in Hospitals 03/12/14

This suite of resources for hospitals provides health care workers and administrators ways to assess and understand workplace safety needs, implement safety and health management systems, and enhance their patient-handling programs to improve worker safety.

The resources are divided into the following sections:

  • Understanding the problem
  • Safety and health management systems
  • Safe patient handling

The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) and User's Guide 12/10/13

The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) is a systematic method to evaluate and compare the understandability and actionability of patient education materials. It was designed to be completed by professionals, including health care providers, health librarians, and others tasked with providing high-quality materials to patients or consumers. It can help professionals select from the many patient education materials available to determine those that are easier to understand and...

Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center Toolkit 10/23/13

This toolkit is for organizations starting or expanding a telehealth program at their facility. The toolkit provides information, tools, guidelines, templates, forms, and other resources for developing telehealth activities. These materials offer examples and illustrations of what others have done and what the experts recommend for an organization’s stage in development.

The toolkit covers the following topic areas:

  • Clinical
  • Reimbursement
  • Education...
Rural Behavioral Health Programs and Promising Practices 10/11/13

This report provides information and tools to help improve rural behavioral health programs. It documents a study to identify innovative rural programs and uses the results to suggest basic tools for helping rural organizations take the steps necessary to move a program that is perceived to be effective into a promising practice. This report provides an overview of tools such as community building, grant writing, data collection, and program definition, which may prove useful to...

Practice Facilitation Handbook: Training Modules for New Facilitators and Their Trainers 09/30/13

The Practice Facilitation Handbook is designed to assist in the training of new practice facilitators as they begin to develop the knowledge and skills needed to support meaningful improvement in primary care practices. It evolved from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Integrating Chronic Care and Business Strategies in the Safety Net toolkit. That toolkit was developed to aid safety net practices in implementing the Chronic Care Model, now commonly referred to as the...

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