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Facts About Generic Drugs 09/19/12

This brochure gives the public information about generic drugs. It also describes misunderstandings about generic and brand-name drugs and includes a medication guide for consumers to keep track of the prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs they take.

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...
Focus on ADHD Software 05/09/12

This software program assists physicians in identifying the optimal medication dosage for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Used in conjunction with a clinical plan, physicians can modify medications to suit the child’s needs. The tool can also aid in conversations with family members regarding treatment.

The Focus software is written in Visual Basic to run in Microsoft Access. The software is designed to:

  • Perform calculations needed...
Dietary Supplement Fact Sheets 04/25/12

These fact sheets provide evidence-based summaries for health professionals and consumers on specific vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other dietary supplements. The fact sheets cover health effects, safety, recommended amounts, interactions with medicines, and other topics.

Several fact sheets and other resources are also available in Spanish.

The Patient-Centered Medical Home: A Resource Guide for Integrating Comprehensive Medication Management to Optimize Patient Outcomes (Second Edition) 03/13/12

This guide for payers, plans, provider groups, patient advocacy groups, and all medication therapy management service providers discusses the rationale for including comprehensive medication management services in integrated patient-centered care. It provides the key steps necessary to promote best practices and achieve meaningful quality improvements for patients, while reducing costs associated with poor quality outcomes. The guide focuses on the decisions surrounding the comprehensive...

Natural Disaster Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and Podcasts 02/02/12

This toolkit features public service announcements (PSAs) and podcasts that provide messages with safety tips on how to protect consumers during a natural disaster. Health officials and state and local health departments can tailor messages based on local needs and distribute them through emergency messaging systems.

The PSAs address the following topics:

  • Staying safe after the storm
  • Food and water
  • Prescription drugs
  • Cleanup
  • ...
Comparative Effectiveness of Therapies for Reducing the Risk of Primary Breast Cancer: Guidance for Shared Decision Making 10/12/11

This educational program for clinicians provides information about the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ’s) systematic review of the comparative effectiveness and safety of tamoxifen, raloxifene, and tibolone for reducing the risk of primary breast cancer in women. It guides clinicians in discussing AHRQ’s findings with women who may be candidates for FDA-approved therapies.

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

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Medication Use Safety Training (MUST) for Seniors™ 03/03/11

The Medication Use Safety Training (MUST) for Seniors program is designed as an interactive, national initiative to promote safe and appropriate medicine use by enabling older adults to avoid medication misuse, recognize and manage common side effects, and improve medicine use knowledge, attitudes, and skills to avoid medication errors.

MUST for Seniors can be offered to community-based, ambulatory older adults. Older individuals and family caregivers are also encouraged to use...

Medication Reconciliation Essential Data Specifications 03/01/11

This resource can help health care providers collect, communicate, and manage critical information needed for medication reconciliation when patients move from one practice setting or level of care to another. Data collection may be electronic or on paper. This information can be used to reduce medication errors and ensure safe transitions.

Joint Commission 2011 National Patient Safety Goals 12/27/10

The purpose of the Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) is to promote specific improvements in patient safety. The goals highlight problematic areas in health care and describe evidence- and expert-based solutions to these problems. This tool reflects the revised NPSGs to reflect The Joint Commission’s continuing efforts to focus on topics that are of highest priority to patient safety and quality care.

Updates to implementation expectations are provided for...

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