AHRQ Partnership

The Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) are pleased to let you know that we are working together to share AHRQ’s patient-centered outcomes research, also known as comparative effectiveness research, with you and your patients. AHRQ is a Federal agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. The Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio is an ideal partner to help disseminate this research, which is designed to inform health care decisions by providing unbiased comparisons of drugs, medical devices, tests, surgeries, or delivery methods for various health conditions.  

As you may know, AHRQ conducts and translates patient-centered outcomes research into a number of valuable patient and professional material. These evidence-based tools include plain language consumer and clinician research summaries, continuing medical education/continuing education (CME/CE) activities, faculty slide sets, web conferences, audio podcasts, and more. All of these tools are designed to encourage and support shared decision making between clinicians and patients, with a goal of better care and increased patient satisfaction.

As the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio focuses on medical care grounded in evidence-based research, this new partnership with AHRQ ensures timely access to these valuable free resources and connects all of us with national efforts to improve health care outcomes. As part of the partnership, AHRQ links to the consumer and clinician research summaries and CE modules will be available on our website, along with a link to the AHRQ website, www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov, where you can learn more about AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program. We hope you find these resources informative and helpful as you work to improve the quality of health care throughout Cleveland and Northern Ohio.  Together we can increase awareness of this research to better aid you and your patients in making individual treatment decisions.

Commemorate National Stroke Awareness Month in May with Resources from the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

In observance of National Stroke Awareness Month and through our partnership with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Academy of Cleveland and Northern Ohio (AMCNO) is sharing free resources to help you discuss heart health with your patients. AHRQ’s Effective Health Care (EHC) Program offers you and your patients free evidence-based resources that summarize the benefits and risks of various heart disease-related treatments.

For Health Care Professionals: Clinician summaries of comparative effectiveness research findings quickly give you the clinical bottom line for heart disease-related topics—

Access Resources for Health Care Professionals: Clinician summaries of comparative effectiveness research findings quickly give health care professionals the clinical bottom line for heart disease-related topics-

To explore more of AHRQ’s free tools and resources including, continuing medical education/continuing education activities, slides, and more, visit http://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov

All resources can be downloaded directly from the site, or you can order free print copies of the summaries by calling the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at 800-358-9295.



Link for AHRQ Effective Health Care Program:  http://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/ 

List of the AHRQ patient-centered outcomes consumer research summaries: http://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/options/info?RPD

List of AHRQ patient-centered outcomes clinician research summaries
http://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/index.cfm/guides-cmece-and-other-resources-for-clinicians/?RPD

Link to the CME modules: http://www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/index.cfm/guides-cmece-and-other-resources-for-clinicians/cmece-activities/

New Comparative Effectiveness Resources on C. difficile Treatment and Prevention
Several new resources from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) are now available to help clinicians discuss Clostridium difficile (C. Difficile) infection with their patients and make informed decisions about which treatment options are best for them.
 
Treating and Preventing C-diff Infection: A Review of the Research for Adults and Their Caregivers is written in an easy-to-understand style for patients and caregivers. It summarizes the most up-to-date information on risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of C. Difficile infections. It also includes a list of questions patients can discuss with their doctors.
 
For clinicians, Clostridium difficile Infections: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention gives the "clinical bottom line" on C. Difficile, as well as explaining gaps in knowledge and providing suggestions for discussing C. Difficile with patients. A companion continuing education activity gives and faculty slide set are also available to help clinicians keep up-to-date on the latest evidence-based research on this topic.
 
These resources are based on a systematic comparative effectiveness review of current evidence on C. Difficile, prepared by the AHRQ-supported Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center. The report, Effectiveness of Early Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment of Clostridium difficile Infection, finds that the three major standard antibiotic treatments—oral vancomycin, metronidazole, and the newly approved fidaxomicin—are equally effective for curing initial C. Difficile infections. However, recurrence of C. Difficile infections was found to be less frequent for those who used fidaxomicin rather than vancomycin. The report also examined the comparative effectiveness of current diagnostic tests, prevention methods, and the use of fewer general antibiotics to minimize the likelihood of creating drug-resistant infections.
 
Here is the link to access these resources: http://www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/index.cfm/search-for-guides-reviews-and-reports/?pageaction=displayproduct&productID=772&PCem=ClinNews
 
These publications are the latest in a series of AHRQ’s growing library of free English and Spanish-language resources that review the scientific evidence on various health conditions. To learn more and download other products, visit www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov.
 
 AHRQ's chronic illness resources:  http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/partners/ptoolschronic.htm

 

Explore, compare, prepare – is a new consumer information initiative provided to members of the Academy of Medicine Cleveland and Northern Ohio (AMCNO)’s through our partnership with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Effective Health Care (EHC) Program.  The purpose of the initiative is to encourage people living with health conditions and their caregivers to explore treatment options for their conditions, compare the benefits and risks of each, and prepare to discuss them with their health care providers. The initiative also provides outreach materials for the health care professional community to encourage the use of EHC Program clinician tools and resources as well as patient education materials.

As a partner in the AHRQ’s EHC Program, the AMCNO connects patients and caregivers to information they can use to improve their health and health care experiences.   All the resource materials described are free.  The new items available to our members through the AHRQ EHC program are outlined below:

Consumer:

www.ahrq.gov/patients-consumers/treatmentoptions/ 

Clinician:

www.ahrq.gov/professionals/bottomline/

 

 AMCNO Offers Childhood Obesity Information to our Members through our AHRQ Partnership

The Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) are pleased to work together to share AHRQ’s “Patient-Centered Outcomes Research”, also known as “Comparative Effectiveness Research”, with you and your patients. AHRQ is a Federal agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. The Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio is an ideal partner to help disseminate this research, which is designed to inform health care decisions by providing unbiased comparisons of drugs, medical devices, tests, surgeries, or delivery methods for various health conditions.
AHRQ conducts and translates patient-centered outcomes research into a number of valuable patient and professional materials. These evidence-based tools include plain language consumer and clinician research summaries, continuing medical education/continuing education (CME/CE) activities, faculty slide sets, web conferences, audio podcasts, and more. All of these tools are designed to encourage and support shared decision making between clinicians and patients, with a goal of better care and increased patient satisfaction.
As the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio focuses on medical care grounded in evidence-based research, this partnership with AHRQ ensures timely access to these valuable free resources and connects all of us with national efforts to improve health care outcomes. As part of the partnership, AHRQ links to the consumer and clinician research summaries and CE modules are available on our website, along with a link to the AHRQ website, www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov, where you can learn more about AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program.

The AMCNO through our partnership with AHRQ is pleased to offer new resources to our members on the topic of childhood obesity prevention.  This valuable information can be used to help parents explore treatment options on how to keep their child from becoming overweight or obese.  In addition, there is information for use by clinicians which summarizes research findings on childhood obesity prevention.  All the resource materials described are free. The new items available to our members through the AHRQ EHC program are now available on our website.  Click here

For clinicians:

Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs: Comparative Effectiveness: which summarizes the research findings to quickly give health professionals the clinical bottom line.

For consumers: Keeping Children at a Healthy Weight:  a resource which can help parents explore treatment options on how to keep their child from becoming overweight or obese, compare the benefits and risks of these options, and prepare to discuss these options with their health care provider.

 

 



Pollen Count September 16, 2014

Grass: 0
Mold: 2048 Low

Weed: 1 Low

Tree: 1 Low

Ragweed: 1 Low

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