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The Community Tool Box 12/17/07

The Community Tool Box (CTB) is a free, Internet-based service that can help communities address health and development issues. It offers over 7,000 pages of practical guidance in community capacity building in an effort to bring about change and improvement in communities. The CTB connects people with resources for learning the many skills required for this work and applying this knowledge in diverse cultures and contexts.

The CTB’s nearly 300 different sections providing...

Toward Improving Birth Outcomes Toolkit: Best Clinical and Administrative Practices for Medicaid Health Plans 12/17/07

This toolkit offers a structured approach for addressing quality improvement in prenatal care and a collection of “lessons learned” by health plans serving Medicaid members. It will help health plans review common barriers that Medicaid plans face in improving birth outcomes, develop strategies to overcome these barriers, review clinical and administrative strategies that other health plans have implemented, and measure incremental and long-term change.

This toolkit addresses the...

Comprehensive Clinic Assessment Software Application (CoCASA) 12/17/07

The Comprehensive Clinic Assessment Software Application (CoCASA) is a tool for assessing immunization practices within a clinic, private practice, or any other environment where immunizations are provided. This software is designed to be used in conjunction with the Assessment, Feedback, Incentives, Exchange (AFIX) strategy. CoCASA has data entry and import capabilities. After immunization data have been entered into CoCASA, data analysis capabilities can be utilized to pinpoint strengths...

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...
A Planner's Guide: Infusing Principles, Content, and Themes Related to Cultural and Linguistic Competence Into Meetings and Conferences 12/17/07

This eight-page guide is designed to help meeting and conference planners effectively integrate principles, content, and themes related to cultural and linguistic competence, no matter what the overall topic or goal of the meeting or conference. The guide addresses the following topics:

  • Suggestions for planning meeting content
  • Suggestions for planning meeting logistics
  • Evaluation questions
  • Definitions
  • Sources of additional information on cultural...
Genomic Tests for Ovarian Cancer Detection and Management, Evidence Report/Technology Assessment 12/17/07

This report assesses the evidence that the use of genomic tests for ovarian cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment leads to improved outcomes. The authors conducted a literature review and constructed a computer simulation model to test the impact of different assumptions about ovarian cancer natural history on the relative effectiveness of different strategies.

This report includes the following sections:

  • Introduction
    • Ovarian cancer
    • Approaches to...
Asthma Assessment Flow Sheet 12/17/07

This two-page flow sheet provides structured documentation for the assessment of patients with asthma and assists providers in embedding guidelines into daily practice.

The flow sheet includes fields for recording the following information:

  • Vital signs and lung function tests
  • Current symptoms
  • Recent daytime symptoms
  • Recent nighttime symptoms
  • B2-agonist use
  • ER visits
  • Missed school
  • Home peak flow rates
  • ...
Communicating With and About People with Disabilities 12/17/07

This fact sheet includes suggestions on how to communicate effectively with and about people with disabilities.

This fact sheet addresses the following topics:

  • Words
    • Affirmative phrases
    • Negative phrases
  • Actions
    • General tips for communicating with people with disabilities
    • Tips for communicating with individuals who are blind or visually impaired
    • Tips for communicating with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing...
Environmental Scan of Instruments to Inform Consumer Choice in Assisted Living Facilities 12/17/07

This report examines questionnaires, surveys, and other instruments currently used to assess the services and quality of care in assisted living facilities across the United States including consumer-reported instruments, expert observational instruments, and provider-reported tools that evaluate services offered, the physical and cultural environments, staff issues, activities, social support, and contractual issues.

The report includes the following sections:

  • ...
Improving Preventive Care Services for Children: A Best Clinical and Administrative Practices Toolkit for Medicaid Health Plans 12/17/07

This toolkit offers a structured approach for addressing quality improvement for preventive care services and a collection of “lessons learned” by a diverse group of health plans serving Medicaid members. It offers realistic approaches to help health plans develop or improve preventive care programs.

This tool addresses the following topics:

  • How will this toolkit benefit your health plan?
  • Measuring for success: A process improvement strategy
  • A typology...

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