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Addressing Language Barriers Between Physician and Patient: What Are the Optimal Strategies? 12/17/07

Part of the American Medical Association’s “Educating Physicians on Controversies and Challenges in Health” series, this 5-minute video discusses strategies for overcoming language barriers and enhancing communication between physicians and patients with limited English proficiency.

The video addresses the following topics:

  • Which type of language access service is needed during a clinical interaction?
  • Definition of limited English proficiency and language access...
Getting Started. . .and Moving On. . . Planning, Implementing and Evaluating Cultural and Linguistic Competency for Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Families, Implications for Systems of Care 12/17/07

This four-page checklist was developed by the National Center for Cultural Competence as part of a series to assist organizations and systems of care in developing policies, structures, and practices that support cultural and linguistic competence. It focuses on systems of care and organizations concerned with the delivery of services and supports to children and youth with emotional, behavioral, and mental disorders and to their families.

This checklist addresses the following...

Child Health Care Quality Toolbox: Measuring Quality in Children's Health Programs 12/17/07

This Web site contains concepts, tips, and tools for evaluating the quality of health care for children. This online resource can help to answer the following (and related) questions about measuring health care quality in child health programs:

  • How can you tell whether children are receiving quality health care?
  • How do you know when a health program is functioning effectively?
  • Where can you find tools to help answer these questions?
  • If the right tool is not...
Eat Better & Move More: A Guidebook for Community Programs 12/17/07

This 36-page guidebook, part of the You Can! Steps to Healthier Aging Campaign, will help community organizations increase the number of older people who stay active and healthy by implementing a simple 12-week nutrition and walking program.

The guidebook addresses the following topics:

  • Setting up your program
  • Week 1:
    • Eat better for health
    • Orientation and enrollment
  • Week 2:
    • Move more for health
    • Orientation to step...
Total Parenteral Nutrition Calculator 12/17/07

Health professionals can use the Total Parenteral Nutrition Calculator to compute proper feeding amounts for children in the hospital.

The Total Parenteral Nutrition Calculator uses set rules and algorithms to produce a feeding plan and order sheets for newborns, and issues warnings if something is incorrect about the inputs or assumptions.

This information system for nutrition ordering:

  • Checks dose ranges
  • Ensures legible orders
  • Ensures compliance with...
A Guide to Lung Transplantation: Patient Education Guide 12/17/07

This 14-page patient guide provides information on many aspects of lung transplantation. The tool is divided into the following sections:

  • Why are lung transplants needed?
  • Diseases and conditions that affect the lungs
  • What kind of transplants can be considered?
  • Can you be considered for lung transplantation?
  • How will your transplant candidacy be evaluated?
  • Benefits and risks of lung transplantation
  • What will happen when you are...
Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Quality Improvement in Medicaid Managed Care Toolkit 12/17/07

This toolkit details the experiences of a workgroup of Medicaid managed care organizations that collaborated to develop new ways of identifying members of racial and ethnic subgroups, to measure gaps in care and to explore ways to improve health care quality. The workgroup members designed innovative strategies to uncover and address disparities in three targeted areas: birth outcomes and immunizations, asthma care, and diabetes care.

The toolkit includes the following sections:
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Women and HIV/AIDS: Research and Clinical Trials 12/17/07

This tool provides information to women about HIV/AIDS research and clinical trials.

The following topics are addressed:

  • Women’s Interagency HIV Study—Designed to investigate the history and course of HIV infection in women
  • Clinical trials—Research studies designed to find out if new drugs, vaccines, or other treatments are safe and if they work
  • Microbicide research—Research studies on microbicides, which are gels, creams, or foams that are applied to prevent...
Risk Management and Quality in Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS): Individual Risk Planning and Prevention, System-wide Quality Improvement 12/17/07

This report explores the topic of effective individual risk management in community-based services among States engaged in risk planning for Medicaid home- and community-based services (HCBS) waiver participants. Administrators from 11 State operating agencies, representing a range of waiver types and geographic areas, were interviewed for this report. These agencies served at least one of four waiver populations (the elderly, people with physical disabilities, people with mental retardation...

Keep Food and Water Safe After a Disaster or Power Outage 12/17/07

This tool provides information about how to keep food and water safe after a natural disaster or power outage. It is organized into the following sections:

  • Food
    • Identify and throw away food that may not be safe to eat
    • Storing food safely
    • Feeding infants and young children
    • Clean and sanitize food-contact surfaces
  • Water
  • Related resources

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