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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...
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...
Health Literacy Kit 12/17/07

Health literacy is the ability to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions and follow instructions for treatment.

This kit for clinicians includes a clinician’s guide and videos.

The guide, “Health literacy and patient safety: Help patients understand” includes the following:


  • Health literacy
  • National Assessment of Adult Literacy
  • Population groups at risk...
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.

Colorectal Cancer Surveillance: 2005 Update, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2005 Guideline Update Slide Set 12/17/07

This slideshow summarizes the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO’s) guidelines for the surveillance of patients following treatment for stage II or III colorectal cancer.

This slideshow presents information in the following categories:

  • Background
  • Benefits from the resection of metastatic colorectal cancer
  • Guideline methodology
  • 2005 categories of recommendations for colorectal cancer surveillance
    • History and physical and risk...
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...
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...

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.

This tool...

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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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...

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