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Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program Toolkit 10/23/12

The Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program (CUSP) toolkit provides training tools to make care safer by improving the foundation of how physicians, nurses, and other clinical team members work together. It builds the capacity to address safety issues by combining clinical best practices and the science of safety.

The CUSP toolkit is modular and modifiable to meet individual unit needs. Each module includes teaching tools and resources to support change at the unit level.
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Rural Veteran Outreach Toolkit 10/16/12

This toolkit was developed to help increase partnerships between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and rural communities and assist them with outreach efforts in providing rural veterans with information and referral about VA benefits, ultimately providing improved access to the best quality of care for rural veterans. The toolkit contains the lessons learned from community focus groups and pilots in three rural communities.

This toolkit will help:

  • Build a...
Road to Health Toolkit Evaluation Guide 10/09/12

This toolkit for community health workers, diabetes educators, and health educators presents easy-to-use tools for collecting key pieces of data in evaluations. The evaluation tools assist in determining how the Road to Health Toolkit is being implemented and if any changes are needed for participants at risk for type 2 diabetes.

The toolkit includes three forms to collect data:

  • Road to Health Intervention Tracking Form: Group Sessions
  • Road to Health...
Palliative Care Tools 10/09/12

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...

Road to Health Toolkit Training Guide 10/08/12

The Road to Health Training Guide is designed for people who develop or offer train-the-trainer workshops and for community health workers who work with people who are Hispanic/Latino or African American/African ancestry. Other health care professionals, diabetes educators, health educators, nurses, dietitians, and community educators can also be trained or provide training to others by using the Road to Health Toolkit.

The goal of the Road to Health Training Guide is to do the...

Road to Health Toolkit 10/08/12

The Road to Health Toolkit is designed for African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos at risk for type 2 diabetes. This toolkit provides community health workers, nurses, health educators, and dietitians with interactive tools that can be used to counsel and motivate those at high risk for type 2 diabetes. These tools will help reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes by encouraging healthy eating, increased physical activity, and moderate weight loss for those who are overweight.

The...

Improving Patient Safety in Long-Term Care Facilities: Training Modules 09/20/12

The Improving Patient Safety in Long-Term Care Facilities: Training Modules materials are intended for use in training frontline personnel in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. The materials were developed for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) under a contract to the RAND Corporation. They are organized into three modules:

  • Module 1: Detecting Change in a Resident’s Condition
  • Module 2: Communicating Change in a Resident’s...
Performance Measurement and Public Reporting Quality Toolbox 09/19/12

This toolbox for patients and consumers provides information on how consumers can make health care decisions that improve the quality of care that they receive. These presentations, fact sheets, guidelines, and surveys can assist consumers by helping them get high quality care.

The toolkit includes:

  • Consumer principles on measurement and public reporting
  • Patient experience survey
  • Transparency: shedding light on health care quality
  • Performance...
MONAHRQ® 4.0 09/18/12

My Own Network, powered by AHRQ (MONAHRQ), is a free software product that enables organizations—such as State and local data organizations, chartered value exchanges, hospital systems, and health plans—to input their own hospital administrative data and generate a data-driven Web site. MONAHRQ software analyzes, summarizes, and presents information in a format ready for use by consumers and other decisionmakers on:

  • Quality of care at the hospital level.
  • Health care...
An Interactive Preventive Care Record: A Handbook for Using Patient-Centered Personal Health Records to Promote Prevention 09/18/12

This handbook for primary care practice personnel, leaders, and informatics staff provides practical guidance on the implementation of interactive preventive health records (IPHRs). Through a step-by-step guide, the handbook can help a practice apply an IPHR to promote chronic disease management by:

  • Using personal health records (PHRs) to promote prevention
  • Preparing your practice to use a PHR for promoting prevention
  • Implementing and sustaining the use of a PHR...

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