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Comprehensive Palliative Care Program Improves End-of-Life Care and Pain Control for Terminally Ill Patients 8/27/2014
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian established a comprehensive end-of-life program that includes pain control and emotional support for patients unlikely to survive the next few days; a multidisciplinary palliative care that assists physicians who are treating dying patients; compassionate care for parents who lose children before or after birth; and support for hospital staff who work with dying patients.
Hospital-Based Program Proactively Identifies, Addresses Delirium Risk Factors in Elderly, Leading to Less Cognitive/Functional Decline and Lower Nursing Home Costs 8/27/2014
The Hospital Elder Life Program screens all patients aged 70 years and older at admission for the presence of six risk factors for delirium, and then implements targeted interventions to reduce these risks, leading to less cognitive and functional decline and lower costs.
Interdisciplinary Clinic Using Team-Based Approach Improves Outcomes and Reduces Costs for Frail, Vulnerable Elderly 8/27/2014
An interdisciplinary, hospital-based outpatient clinic staffed by geriatricians and other health professionals cares for seniors with one or more chronic health conditions, leading to improved outcomes and lower costs.
Membership Program Provides Community-Dwelling Seniors With Access to Wide Array of Health and Social Services, Helping Them Remain in Their Homes 8/27/2014
Beacon Hill Village offers a membership program that provides access to or discounts on a wide array of health care and social support services that are designed to allow people 50 years and older to maintain their health status and independence and thus stay in their own homes as they age (rather than moving to an expensive long-term care facility).
Messaging System Enables Nursing Home Residents to E-mail Loved Ones Without a Computer, Leading to Enhanced Quality of Life 8/27/2014
The Good Samaritan Society, a nursing home in Tyndall, SD, created a messaging system that enables residents to easily correspond with friends and family by e-mail without using a computer, which has enhanced residents' perceived quality of life.
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Forming a Community-Based Network: A Handbook 8/13/2014
This handbook provides information on forming a community-based network for community members who wish to become involved in maintaining their elderly neighbors in their homes. It is also for public health and social service agencies, area agencies on aging, and others who recognize the value of community caring and the potential for neighbors to augment the services that they, as agencies, provide.
Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community 8/13/2014
The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community provides an interdisciplinary vehicle and forum by which scholars, practitioners, and observers of family violence in the African American community have the continual opportunity to articulate their perspectives on family violence through research findings, the examination of service delivery and intervention mechanisms, and the identification of appropriate and effective responses to prevent/reduce family violence in the African American community.
2013 National Healthcare Disparities Report 7/30/2014
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.
2013 National Healthcare Quality Report 7/30/2014
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.

Health Literacy Kit 5/7/2014
This kit for clinicians includes a guide and videos featuring an overview of health literacy issues, ways to assess whether a patient is health-literate, and strategies that clinicians can use to enhance patients' health literacy.

Last updated: August 27, 2014.