Quality improvement strategies

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Medication Calendar 12/17/07
This tool provides patients with an easy-to-understand list of medications that includes indications as well as dose, route, frequency, and specific timing recommendations. Medications and instructions can be typed out and provided to patients before discharge.
Testing for BNP and NT-proBNP in the Diagnosis and Prognosis of Heart Failure: Evidence Report/Technology Assessment 12/17/07

This evidence report presents the results of a systematic review to evaluate B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and N-terminal proBNP (NT-proBNP) as promising markers for heart failure diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment.

The evidence report is organized as follows:

  • Introduction
    • BNPs
    • Heart failure
    • Determinants of BNPs
    • Diagnosis of heart failure using BNPs
    • Prognostic utility of BNPs
    • Treatment monitoring using BNPs
    • ...
Quality of Health Care for Medicare Beneficiaries: A Chartbook--Focusing on the Elderly Living in the Community 12/17/07

This 186-page chartbook is based on a broad review of recently published studies and reports, conducted to present a coherent picture of the quality of health care for elderly Medicare beneficiaries living in the community. The results are presented in 60 charts.

The topics in this chartbook are presented as follows:

  • Summary and highlights
  • Introduction
    • Overview: Progress, gaps, and variations
    • Challenges in measuring quality for the elderly population...
Roadmaps for Clinical Practice Series - Improving Immunization: Addressing Racial and Ethnic Populations 12/17/07

Improving Immunizations: Addressing Racial and Ethnic Populations includes several case studies on the leading health indicator of immunization for infectious diseases, with a special focus on reducing racial and ethnic disparities.

The primer provides background information, practical recommendations, and solutions to commonly encountered questions that physicians face from diverse patient populations, case presentations for improving health care delivery, and resources.
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The Council of State Governments Health Literacy Toolkit 12/17/07

This toolkit contains information that examines different ways States can address health literacy–through their Medicaid programs, by improving health communication, in State-mandated K-12 curriculum, and by working with adult learners.

The toolkit includes the following:

  • Executive summary: Excerpts from the Council of State Governments (CSG’s) State Official’s Guide to Health Literacy
  • Issue briefs
    • New...
Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies, Volume 2--Diabetes Mellitus Care 12/17/07

This 206-page report (the second volume in a series) provides a critical analysis of the existing literature on quality improvement (QI) strategies for management of patients with diabetes mellitus (Type 2 diabetes), which accounts for more than 90 percent of diabetes cases in the United States.

This report addresses the following key questions:

  • Are there QI strategies that improve physicians’ treatment of diabetes and its comorbidities?
    • Can the control of...
Total Parenteral Nutrition Calculator 12/17/07

Health professionals can use the Total Parenteral Nutrition Calculator to compute proper feeding amounts for children in the hospital.

The Total Parenteral Nutrition Calculator uses set rules and algorithms to produce a feeding plan and order sheets for newborns, and issues warnings if something is incorrect about the inputs or assumptions.

This information system for nutrition ordering:

  • Checks dose ranges
  • Ensures legible orders
  • Ensures compliance with...
Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT) 12/17/07

The Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT) can assist personnel in State and regional education agencies, school districts, and schools to assess how closely their written curricula (locally developed or commercially prepared) align with national standards, guidelines, and best practices for high-quality physical education programs.

This tool includes the following sections:

  • Instructions
  • Preliminary curriculum considerations
    • Curriculum...
Ideal Administrator - Long-Term Care Leadership Self-Assessment Tool 12/17/07
The Ideal Administrator is a free, Web-based, self-assessment tool for long-term care administrators. After answering a series of questions about their leadership practices, administrators receive a confidential report on their performance.

This tool addresses two aspects of leadership:

  • The mission, beliefs, and principles that drive a leader
  • The actual performance of the leader
Diabetes Disparities Among Racial and Ethnic Minorities: Fact Sheet 12/17/07

This fact sheet summarizes the results of research that have contributed to a better understanding of the disparities in the prevalence of diabetes and related complications among different racial and ethnic groups, identification of some of the barriers to health care that contribute to these disparities, and identification of changes that could be made to eliminate the barriers and reduce the disparities.

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