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Attempt Electronic Alerts Related to Black Box Warnings Do Not Affect Overall Physician Prescribing Habits in Outpatient Clinics 7/30/2014
Electronic alerts related to black box warnings did not affect overall physician prescribing habits in outpatient clinics; the alerts did influence prescribing related to warnings about the most serious potential drug–drug and drug–pregnancy interactions.
Attempt Electronic System for Tracking Test Results Pending at Hospital Discharge Draws Little Use or Enthusiasm From Hospitalists 7/30/2014
Hospitalists used an electronic application to track the pending test results of recently discharged inpatients; the application proved to be of limited value, with nearly half of hospitalists never using it and nearly all reporting multiple barriers to doing so.
Emergency Department-Based Phlebotomists Expedite Blood Sample Collection and Turnaround Time, Reduce Specimen Contamination and Cost, and Increase Patient Satisfaction 7/30/2014
During peak census hours, phlebotomists are assigned to work in the emergency department to quickly collect blood specimens and label them for priority processing and analysis by laboratory staff, leading to faster turnaround times, lower rates of blood culture contamination, more than $400,000 in annual cost savings, and higher levels of patient satisfaction.
Inner City Hospital Offers HIV Testing to All Emergency Department Patients, Improving Test Access and Subsequent Care for High-Risk Populations 7/30/2014
Providers routinely offer HIV testing to emergency department patients as a part of their visit, leading to a 50 percent increase in the number of patients tested.
In-Office Education via Hand-Held Electronic Device Enhances Patient Knowledge Without Burdening Primary Care Staff 7/30/2014
A primary care clinic offers patients 3- to 5-minute educational video modules, leading to enhanced patient knowledge without placing incremental demands on physicians and staff.
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Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense (VA/DoD) Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Diabetes Mellitus (DM) in Primary Care. Guideline Summary 5/7/2014
This 40-page guideline summary is derived from the evidence-based clinical practice guideline, Management of Diabetes Mellitus, developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense.
Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense (VA/DoD) Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Diabetes Mellitus in Primary Care: Key Points Card 5/7/2014
This key points card is derived from the evidence-based clinical practice guideline, Management of Diabetes Mellitus, developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense. It provides recommendations for diabetes screening and for preventive care measures for people with diabetes mellitus.
Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense (VA/DoD) Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS): Chronic Pain and Fatigue, Guideline Summary 5/7/2014
This 18-page guideline summary is derived from the evidence-based clinical practice guideline, Management of Medically Unexplained Symptoms: Chronic Pain and Fatigue, developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense.
A Guide to Primary Care of People with HIV/AIDS, 2004 Edition 4/9/2014
This 180-page guide addresses several important aspects of primary care and treatment for patients with HIV/AIDS.
Improving Your Office Testing Process: A Toolkit for Rapid-Cycle Patient Safety and Quality Improvement 3/12/2014
This toolkit provides information and resources to help physicians' offices, clinics, and other ambulatory care facilities assess and improve the testing process in their offices.

Last updated: July 30, 2014.