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Improving Antipsychotic Appropriateness in Dementia Patients (IA-ADAPT) 01/14/14

This Web site includes information and resources to help clinicians, providers, and consumers better understand how to manage problem behaviors and psychosis in people with dementia using evidence-based approaches. It includes brief lectures, written content, quick reference guides for clinicians and providers, and information for families or patients on the risks and benefits of antipsychotics for people with dementia. Continuing education credit is also offered for prescribers, nurses, and...

Medication Safety Tools 11/19/13

These three online resources funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and developed by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) can help community pharmacies and outpatient settings improve medication safety and protect patients from the adverse effects of medication errors.

The following tools are available:

  • High-Alert Medications Consumer Leaflets are patient education checklists developed during a study of...
Pharmacy Survey on Patient Safety Culture 02/05/13

The Pharmacy Survey on Patient Safety Culture is designed specifically for community pharmacy staff and asks for their opinions about the culture of patient safety in their pharmacy. This Web page provides tools to help assess safety and quality-improvement areas to make changes in the facility. Included is a toolkit and the 2012 preliminary comparative results.

The toolkit includes the following:

  • Survey form
  • Survey composites and items
  • Survey user’s...
Team Up. Pressure Down. 11/12/12

This nationwide program aims to lower blood pressure and prevent hypertension through patient–pharmacist engagement. The videos and resources on this page can help patients, pharmacists, and health care providers better understand high blood pressure and the steps they can take to prevent or treat it.

Resources include the following:

  • Blood pressure journal
  • Medication tracker wallet card
  • Pocket discussion tool
  • Drug Adherence Work-up (DRAW ©) tool...
Implementation Toolsets for E-Prescribing 06/22/12

These two toolsets offer step-by-step guides for implementing an electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) system in different settings. One is aimed at health care provider organizations, ranging from small independent offices to larger medical groups and “safety net” clinics, and the other is aimed at independent pharmacies.

The following toolsets are available:

  1. A Toolset for E-Prescribing Implementation in Physician Offices: The purpose is...
Advancing Pharmacy Health Literacy Practices Through Quality Improvement: Curricular Modules for Faculty 03/13/12

These curricular modules, for pharmacy faculty, integrate health literacy and health literacy quality improvement into courses, experiential education, and projects for PharmD students and pharmacy residents. The modules are adaptable for use in lectures, seminars, laboratory classes, and experiential education.

The modules consist of 17 activity guides with 4 accompanying PowerPoint presentations. Each activity guide includes a list of further resources.

Medications at Transitions and Clinical Handoffs (MATCH) Toolkit for Medication Reconciliation 12/07/11

This toolkit provides a step-by-step guide to improving the medication reconciliation process. It promotes a successful approach to medication management and reconciliation that emphasizes standardization of the process for doctors, nurses, and pharmacists within the facility to document and confirm a patient's home medication list on admission. It also emphasizes the need to clearly define roles and responsibilities of clinical staff.

The toolkit is based on the Medications at...

Medal.org (Medical Algorithms) 10/26/11

Medal.org has compiled and manages the largest pool of algorithms and computational procedures for health care evaluation, treatment, and administration. This resource consists of more than 17,000 authentic algorithms and computational instructions categorized into 45 medical specialties for all aspects of the medical field, complete with authoritative documentation and references for each algorithm.

Specialties include:

  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonary medicine and...
How-To Guide for Telepharmacy 03/03/11

The purpose of the How-To Guide for Telepharmacy is to provide valuable information and guidelines for pharmacists, rural communities, and others on how to successfully implement a telepharmacy program. These programs are designed to restore and retain retail and hospital pharmacy services in communities that are located in remote, medically underserved areas.

This guide is organized into the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Step-by-step...
Improving Medication Safety in Community Pharmacy: Assessing Risk and Opportunities for Change 09/08/10

This manual is designed to help community pharmacy personnel identify potential medication safety risks and prevent errors. Pharmacists can use the materials and tools in this manual to pinpoint specific areas of weakness in their medication delivery systems and to provide a starting point for successful organizational improvements.

The goals of this manual are to:

  • Raise awareness of error-prone processes in the medication delivery system
  • Build awareness of risk...

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