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Achieving Better Care for Asthma: A Best Clinical and Administrative Practices Toolkit for Medicaid Health Plans 12/17/07

This 79-page toolkit from the Center for Health Care Strategies offers a structured approach for addressing quality improvement in asthma care for health plans serving Medicaid members. This toolkit offers practical approaches for identifying common barriers to achieving better care for members with asthma, developing strategies to overcome these barriers, reviewing clinical and administrative strategies that other health plans have implemented, and measuring incremental and long-term change...

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...
Building the Future for Patient Safety. Developing Consumer Champions. A Workshop and Resource Guide 12/17/07

This guide provides information and insight to empower individuals and organizations to develop effective programming for future leaders in the patient safety movement. This publication can be used to develop and convene interactive, engaging workshops that involve patients, consumers, and a variety of practitioners and professionals from health care and other industries to drive change for patient safety through education, networking, and partnership.

The guide includes related...

Management of Diabetes Mellitus in Primary Care Algorithm M: Self-Management and Education 12/17/07

This algorithm is derived from the evidence-based clinical practice guideline Management of Diabetes Mellitus, developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense. By clicking on the individual steps in this interactive algorithm, the user can access the more detailed information in the Module M summary and related modules.

This algorithm includes the following steps:

  • Is this a patient with newly diagnosed diabetes mellitus?
  • ...
A Toolkit for Redesign in Health Care: Final Report 12/17/07

This toolkit presents strategies for comprehensively redesigning and transforming hospital care processes. It includes a discussion of the forces that compel health care systems to embark on redesign or system transformation, a series of steps to be taken in planning for redesign or system transformation, and strategies for translating information gathered into proposed projects for implementation.

This toolkit presents the following major topics:

  • Forces that compel system...
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) WebM&M Morbidity & Mortality Rounds on the Web 12/17/07

This Web site is an online journal and forum on patient safety and health care quality.

The tool includes the following features:

  • Expert analysis of medical error reports submitted anonymously by Web site users, in the following clinical areas and specialties:
    • Clinical ethics
    • Critical care
    • Dentistry
    • Education
    • Emergency medicine
    • Family medicine
    • Hospital medicine
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Medical...
Facility-Assessment: Checklists for Delirium 12/17/07

Nursing home staff can use this self-assessment checklists to use assess processes related to delirium in the facility, in order to identify areas that need improvement.

This tool includes checklists on the following delirium-related topics:

  • Delirium assessment
  • Delirium care plans
  • Delirium screening
  • Assessing staff education and training
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:

  • ...
Home Health Compare 12/17/07

This tool gives detailed information about Medicare-certified home health agencies. Users can search for information by State, county, or zip code or by the name of the home health agency.

Early Child Development in Social Context: A Chartbook 12/17/07

This chartbook contains more than 30 key indicators of development and health for children ages 0 to 6 along with social factors in the family and neighborhood that affect these outcomes.

The following topics are addressed in the chartbook:

  • Introduction and overview
  • Indicators
    • Socioemotional development
      • Social competence
      • Behavioral self-control
      • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
    • Intellectual development
      • ...

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