Computerized, Multilingual Visual Medication Schedule and Teach-Back Protocols Improve Anticoagulation Control for Low-Literacy Patients
A randomized clinical trial at San Francisco General Hospital used visual medication schedules and brief teach-back protocols in English, Spanish, and Cantonese to improve anticoagulant control among low-literacy patients in the public hospital's anticoagulation clinic.
Disease Management Programs Improve Adherence to Evidence-Based Processes and Outcomes by Targeting Sickest Patients and Working Closely With Physicians
A hospital-based outpatient disease management program serves patients with asthma, chronic heart failure, and diabetes and offers smoking cessation services to smokers. Unlike traditional disease management programs, this initiative heavily involves physicians in the initial referral and throughout the process and targets services toward the sickest patients (rather than to all patients with the condition).
Teen Tobacco Prevention Curriculum Is Adapted for Native American and Latino Communities, Leading to Positive Feedback
Teens Against Tobacco Use™, a peer-to-peer mentorship program designed to educate youth on the dangers of tobacco use, was adapted for the Native American and Latino communities in Washington state.
Protocols, 24-Hour Neurologist Access, and Ongoing Training Lead to More Patients Receiving Timely Stroke Diagnosis and Treatment
A comprehensive initiative to improve stroke care features protocols to facilitate faster evaluation and diagnosis, quick administration of tissue plasminogen activator when indicated, 24-hour access to a neurologist, enhanced discharge planning, improved documentation and data collection, continuous staff training, and community outreach, leading to more timely administration of appropriate diagnostic tests and treatment and to many more eligible patients receiving tissue plasminogen activator.
Heart Failure Disease Management Improves Outcomes and Reduces Costs
Essentia Health Heart and Vascular Center created a heart failure program combining chronic care and disease management principles to improve outcomes and reduce costs associated with heart failure care.
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Mission: Lifeline Tools and Resources
Heart Attack Risk Calculator
This Web site provides hospitals and health systems tools and resources to improve their systems of care when responding to a patient with STEMI or out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
This risk assessment tool, for people age 20 or older, provides information to assess a person’s risk for heart disease, heart attack, or other future heart problems.
My Life Check
This online assessment tool can help consumers learn the state of their heart and what they can do to live a better life.
Get With The GuidelinesSM Toolbox
Get With The GuidelinesSM (GWTG) is an evidence-based program for in-hospital quality improvement. It helps to ensure that the care hospitals provide to coronary artery disease, stroke, and heart failure patients is aligned with the latest scientific guidelines.
Let's Talk About Stroke
Let's Talk About Stroke is a series of downloadable patient information sheets, created by the American Stroke Association, that presents information in a question-and-answer format that's brief, easy-to-follow, and easy-to-read. They can be used by physicians to foster communication with patients about stroke. Some are available in Spanish as well as English.