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Policy State Agency Promotes Integrated Mental Health and Addiction Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders, Leading to Better Access and Positive Outcomes 6/18/2014
A state mental health and addiction services agency implemented policies to promote integrated treatment for those with both mental health and substance use disorders, leading to enhanced access to high-quality services and positive patient outcomes.
Bilingual, Culturally Competent Managers Enhance Access to Prenatal Care for Migrant Women, Leading to Potential for Improved Birth Outcomes 6/4/2014
The Migrant Clinicians Network Prenatal Care Program seeks to ensure continuity of care for expectant mothers who begin prenatal care in one location and move for employment purposes during their pregnancy. Bilingual, culturally competent staff link migrant patients with prenatal services and manage their medical records throughout the pregnancy.
Teen Tobacco Prevention Curriculum Is Adapted for Native American and Latino Communities, Leading to Positive Feedback 6/4/2014
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.
Outreach Workers Connect Low-Income Individuals Living in Rural Areas to Home- and Community-Based Services, Reducing Costs and Nursing Home Placements 5/21/2014
Community outreach workers identify residents at risk of nursing home placement and arrange for them to receive appropriate home- and community-based services, leading to fewer nursing home placements and significant cost savings.
Computerized, Multilingual Visual Medication Schedule and Teach-Back Protocols Improve Anticoagulation Control for Low-Literacy Patients 4/9/2014
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.
QualityTools
Designing Consumer Health IT: A Guide for Developers and Systems Designers 6/4/2014
This guide, for consumer health information technology (IT) developers and companies, provides recommendations on new approaches to health IT design to increase effective use of health IT products.
Potential Measures for Clinical–Community Relationships: A Supplement to the Clinical–Community Relationships Measures Atlas 3/12/2014
This report provides potential measures or measurement concepts that could be developed to fill the gaps in measurements for domains included in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Clinical–Community Relationships Measures (CCRM) Atlas.
Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture 1/15/2014
This survey, designed to be administered to outpatient medical office providers and staff, asks for opinions about the culture of patient safety and health care quality in medical offices.
Environmental Scan of Instruments to Inform Consumer Choice in Assisted Living Facilities 12/18/2013
This report examines questionnaires, surveys, and other instruments currently used to assess the services and quality of care in assisted living facilities across the United States.
Survey User's Guide: Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety 12/18/2013
This user guide provides a general overview of the issues and major decisions involved in conducting the Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture and reporting the results.

Last updated: July 16, 2014.