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Alerts, Standing Orders, and Care Pathways Boost Quality of Care for Pneumonia, Heart Attack, and Heart Failure 8/13/2014
Reid Hospital created a computer-based system of alerts, standing orders, and care pathways to eliminate gaps in the care of patients with pneumonia, acute myocardial infarction, and heart failure, and to address surgical complication and infection prevention, leading to significant improvements in quality of care.
Community Cancer Coalition Employs Navigators Who Enhance Access to Free Colonoscopy Screening for Uninsured Rural Patients 8/13/2014
A community cancer coalition employs navigators who work with community health centers in rural areas to identify those in need of colorectal cancer screening via colonoscopy and facilitate access to such screening, leading to more referrals and screenings and to more cancers and precancerous polyps being detected and treated.
Counseling and Testing Process Makes HIV Screening a Routine Part of Primary Care, Increasing Testing Rates and Identification of Infected Individuals 8/13/2014
A four-step protocol makes human immunodeficiency virus screening a routine part of primary care, leading to significantly higher testing rates and the identification of more infected individuals.
Hospital-Based Postpartum Support Group Reduces Depression and Increases Life Satisfaction 8/13/2014
A 10-week, hospital-based support group offers information, education, and support to women suffering from postpartum depression, leading to reduced incidence of depression and increased life satisfaction.
Policy Initiative Features Fixed Monthly Payments to Primary Care Clinics for Providing Depression Care Bundle, Allowing Many Patients to Achieve Good Outcomes 8/13/2014
A collaborative initiative features standardized care elements and fixed per-patient payments for treatment of depression in the primary care setting, leading to high rates of remission and response to treatment and high levels of provider satisfaction.
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Depressionscreen.org 8/13/2014
This Web site educates visitors about clinical depression, offers them a confidential way to get screened for symptoms of the illness, and guides them toward appropriate professional help if necessary.
How to Use "I Statements" in Clinical Practice 8/13/2014
In these short videos, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force members talk about "I statements" and how clinicians can apply them in practice when evidence is insufficient to make a recommendation for or against the provision of a preventive service.
Newborn Screening ACTion (ACT) Sheets and Confirmatory Algorithms 8/13/2014
The Newborn Screening ACTion (ACT) sheets and Confirmatory Algorithms are educational resources for physicians to help them communicate with family, determine appropriate followup steps for infants that have screened positive, and provide an overview of the basic steps involved in determining the final diagnosis in the infant.
Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS) 7/30/2014
This tool, based on the current evidence-based recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), is designed to help primary care clinicians identify the screening, counseling, and preventive medication services that are appropriate for their patients.
Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2014 7/16/2014
The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services includes USPSTF recommendations on screening, counseling, and preventive medication topics and includes clinical considerations for each topic. This new pocket guide is an authoritative source for making decisions about preventive services.

Last updated: August 13, 2014.