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White Blood Cell Growth Factors (CSF) Orders and Flow Sheet 12/17/07

This flow sheet, derived from the 2006 update of an American Society of Clinical Oncology guideline, provides a tool for documenting the rationale and details for administration of white blood cell growth factors (colony-stimulating factors).

This flow sheet enables providers to record the following information:

  • Patient information
  • Justification for use
    • Primary administration (preventive)
    • Secondary administration (preventive)
    • Therapeutic use...
Basics in Geriatrics "Big 10" and Recommendations for Geriatric Assessment Pocket Card 12/17/07

The Emory University Reynolds Program has established the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment Pocket Card to be used as a teaching module reference for providers caring for geriatric patients.

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This pocket card addresses the following topics:

  • Basics in Geriatrics “Big 10” - 10 principles that differentiate the care of older patients from other patient populations
  • Recommendations for Geriatric Assessment - a chart plotting the Big...
Comparative Effectiveness of Management Strategies for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease 12/17/07

This 108-page report examines alternatives for managing the chronic symptoms of uncomplicated gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in patients who may require long-term treatment. It summarizes the available evidence comparing the efficacy and safety of medical, surgical, and endoscopic interventions in the treatment of chronic GERD, particularly after long-term followup.

This report addresses the following questions:

  • What is the evidence of the comparative effectiveness...
Colon Cancer Followup Sheet 12/17/07

This one-page flow sheet assists providers in scheduling followup care for patients with colon cancer. It enables providers to record the following information:

  • Date of diagnosis
  • Dates and values of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) testing
  • Target dates for counseling visits, computed tomography (CT) scans, and colonoscopy
A Systems Approach to Quality Improvement in Long-Term Care: Safe Medication Practices Workbook 12/17/07

This 200-page resource manual outlines a systems approach to medication management in long-term care. It is designed to provide nursing home staff with a step-by-step guide through the key processes of a comprehensive medication management system and address areas that can lead to the reduction of medication errors. In addition, tools are offered as strategies to reduce the incidence and harm of errors.

The topics addressed in this manual include the following:

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Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies, Volume 1--Series Overview and Methodology 12/17/07

This report (the first volume in a series) provides an overview of methods and theoretical underpinnings of the quality improvement (QI) field of study. A critical analysis of the existing literature on quality improvement strategies for a selection of 20 disease and practice priorities identified in a 2003 Institute of Medicine report was compiled to bring data to bear on this “quality gap” and the opportunities that exist to bridge it.

This volume presents the following information...

The State of Latinos in HIV Prevention Community Planning 12/17/07

This document helps community planning groups, health departments, and other stakeholders understand the issues behind Latino participation in HIV prevention community planning, as well as increase Latino participation in the process. It is a compilation of information collected from a series of regional/national meetings, where Latino staff of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Technical Assistance (TA) Providers' Network for Community Planning facilitated...

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Safety Checklist Program for Schools 12/17/07

A safety checklist program can help administrators, coordinators, and teachers bring their schools into compliance with Federal or State Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. This information can also be used by colleges and universities with occupational safety and health programs. The checklists in this guide are based primarily on the regulations and standards of OSHA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and other Federal agencies.

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Integrated Care Program: Performance Measures Recommendations, Resource Paper 12/17/07

This 24-page report outlines recommendations for a manageable number of performance measures that States can use to assure the quality of integrated care in their contracts with special needs plans, which offer significant new opportunities to integrate Medicaid and Medicare coverage for beneficiaries who are dually eligible.

This report addresses the following topics:

  • Overview of performance measurement for integrated care programs
  • Center for Health Care Strategies...
Child Health Care Quality Toolbox: Measuring Quality in Children's Health Programs 12/17/07

This Web site contains concepts, tips, and tools for evaluating the quality of health care for children. This online resource can help to answer the following (and related) questions about measuring health care quality in child health programs:

  • How can you tell whether children are receiving quality health care?
  • How do you know when a health program is functioning effectively?
  • Where can you find tools to help answer these questions?
  • If the right tool is not...

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