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Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Medication Safety Self Assessment® for Community/Ambulatory Pharmacy 12/17/07

This self assessment is a comprehensive tool designed to help health care providers and their staff assess the safety of medication practices in their pharmacy, identify opportunities for improvement, and compare their experience with the aggregate experiences of demographically similar community pharmacies around the Nation.

It is divided into the following 10 elements:

 

  • Patient information
  • Drug information
  • Communication of drug orders...
Diabetes Care Quality Improvement: A Resource Guide for State Action 12/17/07

This 162-page resource guide is designed to help States assess their quality of diabetes care and fashion quality improvement strategies suited to State conditions.

This resource guide is divided into six modules:

  • Module 1: Background (making the case for diabetes care quality improvement)
  • Module 2: Data (understanding the foundation of quality improvement)
  • Module 3: Information (interpreting State estimates of diabetes quality)
  • Module 4: Action (...
Women's Health USA 2007 Databook 12/17/07

This databook provides information on a range of indicators that can help track the health behaviors, risk factors, and health care utilization practices of women throughout the United States. It selectively highlights emerging issues and trends in women’s health, using data from a wide variety of Federal and other sources.

This databook includes the following information:

  • Population characteristics
    • U.S. population
    • U.S. female population by...
Office of Minority Health Resource Center 12/17/07

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) operates the OMH Resource Center (OMHRC), which serves as a free information and referral service on minority health issues for community groups, consumers, professionals, and students. It assists the Office of Public Health and Science and OMH in distributing scientifically valid and culturally-competent health information, encourages public participation in Health and Human Services (HHS) programs, and assists in conducting health campaigns. OMHRC...

Hospital Compare 12/17/07

This tool provides patients with information on how well the hospitals in their area care for all their adult patients with certain medical conditions, such as heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, or surgical infection prevention. This information helps the patient, the health care provider, family, and friends compare the quality of care provided in the acute-care hospitals (general hospitals) and critical access hospitals (small, remote hospitals) that agree to submit data on the...

Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool 12/17/07

This Web page features an interactive tool, designed for use by health professionals, to estimate a woman’s 5-year and lifetime risk of developing invasive breast cancer. Patients who use the tool are encouraged to discuss the results of this assessment and their personal risk of breast cancer with their health care professional.

In addition to the tool, this Web page includes the following information:

  • About the tool
    • Explaining the questions used in the tool...
National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center 12/17/07

The purpose of the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) is to respond to the needs of States and communities in addressing current and emerging public oral health issues. OHRC supports health professionals, program administrators, educators, policymakers, and others with the goal of improving oral health services for infants, children, adolescents, and their families. The resource center collaborates with Federal, State, and local agencies; national and State...

Medicare Plan Finder 12/17/07

This database enables users to view and print a personalized chart comparing Medicare health plans in their area and provides information about the various types of Medicare plans.

This tool offers the following options:

  • Find and compare Medicare health plans (includes original Medicare plan and Medicare health plans)
  • Find and compare Medigap policies
  • Enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan
  • Access a directory of all Medicare health plans in your State or...
2005 ISMP Medication Safety Self Assessment(r) for Antithrombotic Therapy in Hospitals 12/17/07

This tool is designed to help hospitals assess their medication safety practices surrounding the use of antithrombotic therapy. Many of the items included in the tool represent system improvements and safeguards that the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has recommended in response to the analysis of medication errors reported to the U.S. Pharmacopeia-ISMP Medication Errors Reporting Program, problems identified during on-site consultations with hospitals, and guidelines in the...

Quality of Health Care for Children and Adolescents: A Chartbook 12/17/07

This chartbook is the first comprehensive national report on the quality of pediatric care. The researchers reviewed over 500 studies and synthesized this information into 40 charts that provide a portrait of the current state of pediatric health care.

The chartbook finds dramatic progress in some areas–such as reductions in hospital-acquired infections in pediatric intensive care units–and serious challenges in many others–such as gaps in preventive care and developmental services. It...

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