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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
    • ...
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
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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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...

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...
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...
Health Care Disparities 12/17/07

This 5-minute video includes an overview of health care disparities and some strategies for physicians to reduce them within their own practices.

This tool address various aspects of the issues surrounding disparities within health care, including:

  • Definition of health care disparities
  • Examples of health care disparities
    • Cardiac care
    • HIV/AIDS
  • Sources of health care disparities
    • The health care system
      • Service...

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