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Creation of Unit-Based, Clinically Focused Nurse Leader Position Expedites Discharge, Improves Quality, and Reduces Turnover 4/9/2014
A hospital created a new nursing position, the clinical resource nurse, to ensure continuity of care, facilitate care planning, coordinate with physicians, encourage adherence to evidence-based practices, and mentor less experienced nurses, leading to more timely discharges, fewer falls and pressure ulcers, lower nurse turnover, and higher patient, nurse, and physician satisfaction.
Culturally Tailored Lifestyle Counseling Tied To Readiness for Change Helps Underserved African-American Women Reduce Dietary Fat Intake 4/9/2014
Low-income African-American women at risk for cardiovascular disease received culturally appropriate motivational counseling and support tied to their readiness for change, leading to reductions in dietary fat intake.
Group Sessions and Automated Phone Counseling Help Overweight Children in Low-Income Families Improve Health-Related Behaviors, Quality of Life, and Body Mass Index 4/9/2014
Small-group discussions and automated, interactive phone calls over a 12-week period helped low-income parents promote healthier behaviors in their overweight children, leading to reductions in body mass index and improvements in health-related quality of life.
Medicaid Plan Offers Diabetic Patients Access to Fitness Facilities and Coaching, Leading to Weight Loss and Improvements in Cholesterol and Blood Glucose 4/9/2014
Medicaid managed care enrollees with type 2 diabetes receive free access to YMCA facilities and have regular meetings with nurses, dietitians, and personal trainers that focus on diet, exercise, and other aspects of disease self-management, leading to weight loss and improvements in body mass index, cholesterol, and blood glucose control.
Patient- and Family-Centered Care Initiative Is Associated With High Patient Satisfaction and Positive Outcomes for Total Joint Replacement Patients 4/9/2014
Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center implemented the Patient and Family Centered Care Methodology and Practice, a low-technology, systems-based approach to inpatient care that focuses on providing care from the patient's and family’s perspective; the program is associated with high rates of patient satisfaction, functional status, and adherence to evidence-based care protocols, along with low infection rates and length of stay.
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Eat BetterĀ & Move More: A Guidebook for Community Programs 4/9/2014
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 Community Health Worker's Sourcebook: A Training Manual for Preventing Heart Disease and Stroke 4/9/2014
This sourcebook serves as an instruction manual for training community health workers and as a reference and a resource for community health workers working with community members in preventing heart disease and stroke.
My Healthy Habits 3/26/2014
This free mobile app can help consumers start a new healthy habit, create a daily routine, and track their progress.
Bone Health & Osteoporosis Outreach Toolkit 3/12/2014
This 44-page toolkit provides information and tools to promote bone health to the media and to the community, as recommended in Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Report of the Surgeon General.
Fall Prevention at Home 3/12/2014
This brochure offers suggestions for preventing falls at home.

Last updated: April 09, 2014.