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Interagency Guideline on Prescribing Opioids for Pain 01/13/16

The Interagency Guideline on Prescribing Opioids for Pain offers a balanced approach to pain management that includes recommendations for using opioids when appropriate. This is an updated version of the 2010 guideline. The 2015 guideline expands its focus to include opioid use in acute, subacute, and perioperative pain phases and in special populations. It also includes sections on tapering and opioid use disorder. This guideline followed a rigorous and transparent development process and...

Opioid Overdose Toolkit 01/13/16

The Opioid Overdose Toolkit provides communities and local governments with material to develop policies and practices to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. This toolkit contains resources and information for first responders, prescribers, patients, family members, and those who are recovering from opioid overdose. 

The toolkit includes the following sections:

  • Facts for community members
  • Five essential steps for first responders
  • ...
Planning and Implementing Screening and Brief Intervention for Risky Alcohol Use: A Step-by-Step Guide for Primary Care Practices 08/11/15

This guide provides a process and resources to help primary care practice staff plan and implement an alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI) to identify and assist patients who may be drinking too much. Alcohol SBI is a clinical preventive service recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force for all adult patients. The guide lays out each of the steps required to plan, implement, and continually improve this preventive service as a routine element of standard practice. It...

2013 National Healthcare Disparities Report 06/26/14

The purpose of the National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) is to identify the differences or gaps through which some populations receive poor or worse care than others and to track how these gaps are changing over time. This report measures trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient centeredness, and efficiency of care.
The 2013 report presents expanded analyses on quality of care and access to care for people with disabilities, who represent 20...

2013 National Healthcare Quality Report 06/19/14

The key function of the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is to summarize the state of health care quality and access for the Nation and report on progress and opportunities for improving health care quality, as mandated by the U.S. Congress. This report measures trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient centeredness, and efficiency of care.

The theme of the 2013 report highlights one of AHRQ's priority populations, individuals with...

Whole Health Action Management: Peer Support Training Participant Guide 04/25/14

Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) is a training program and peer support group model designed to encourage resiliency, wellness, and self-management of physical and behavioral health among people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

The WHAM participant guide helps participants set a concise whole health goal, learn skills for whole health self-management, and understand “5 keys to success” for creating new health habits. The guide focuses on facilitating weekly...

The CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard: An Assessment Tool for Employers To Prevent Heart Disease, Stroke, and Related Health Conditions 12/10/13

This tool is designed to help employers assess the extent to which they have applied evidence-based health promotion interventions in their worksites to prevent heart disease, stroke, and related conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. The CDC Health ScoreCard can establish benchmarks and track improvements (evaluation) over time for various health topics and promotion programs.

The tool contains 100 questions that assess how evidence-based health promotion...

Managing Drug-Seeking Behaviors & Super Users in the Emergency Department 10/01/13

This guide for emergency department (ED) physicians, nurses, and caregivers includes information and tools for providing pain management care to “super users” in the ED. The guide offers an approach to understanding and managing two groups of super users—patients exhibiting drug-seeking behaviors and patients with chronic pain—and provides a solution for reducing ED visits.

The appendix to the guide includes sample materials such as a pain management policy, letters, and a pain...

Behavioral Health and Wellness Program Toolkits 09/10/13

These toolkits, designed for health care providers, administrators, and health care organizations, contain a variety of information about tobacco use and patient wellness.

The following toolkits are available:

  • DIMENSIONS: Tobacco Free Toolkit for Healthcare Providers —This toolkit provides information about tobacco use, skills for engaging in tobacco cessation discussions, efficient methods for assessing an individual’s readiness to quit, and...
Tobacco Map 09/06/13

This interactive map tool provides advocates and policymakers information on national efforts in key tobacco control policy areas. The tool contains three distinct maps focusing on different aspects of tobacco policy, providing breakdowns on laws, tax rates, and tobacco-control spending. Further information on State populations, timelines, and other information is available for each State.

Data used in the tool come from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Americans for...

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