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Offer your patients a tip sheet on quality diabetes care that includes tips on making the most of their office visit and talking to you -- their doctor. Each of the practices that participate in Better Health Greater Cleveland has its own information on the flip side of the printable PDF. Check it out at The Practices.

Guiding Principles for Diabetes Care – For Health Professionals

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) has developed these Guiding Principles for Diabetes Care to help the health care team manage the disease effectively. The principles outline seven essential components of quality diabetes care that form the basis of NDEP's public and professional awareness programs.

Source: National Diabetes Education Program



Physical Activity and Public Health

Updated Recommendation for Adults from the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association

Source: American Heart Association

Physical Activity and Public Health in Older Adults:

Recommendation from the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association

Source: American Heart Association


Patient Communication and Health Literacy

EHRs in the Exam Room: Tips on Patient-Centered Care

With a thoughtful approach, you can maintain your focus on the patient.

Source: American Academy of Family Physicians

Talking with Patients about Weight Loss

Tips for Primary Care Professionals

Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Health Literacy – Information for Health Professionals

Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. Take an online course with available CME credit.

Source: Health Resources and Service Administration

Health Literacy – Tools from AMA

A site with a variety of tools and information tailored for physicians. Also, a guide, Health literacy and patient safety: Help patients understand.

Source: American Medical Association

Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion

Nearly half of all American adults have difficulty understanding and using health information, and patients with limited health literacy have a higher rate of hospitalization and use of emergency services.

Source: Institute of Medicine



Helping Patients Manage Their Chronic Conditions

Successful and appropriate self-management support is a challenge for primary care practices. Development of a collaborative team that includes non-physician caregivers working with physicians — combined with care innovations such as group settings and the use of interactive phone messaging systems, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and Web-based software — may aid in successful chronic disease self-management. Includes an overview of self-management tools.

Source: California HealthCare Foundation

Supporting Self-Management: The 5As and Clinician-Patient Interactions

A presentation providing a general overview of the 5 A’s and self-management support; developed by Bayer Institute for Health Care Communication, New Haven, Conn.

Source: Institute for Healthcare Improvement


Tobacco Cessation

Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence

Clinical practice guidelines, 2008 update

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Helping Smokers Quit -- A Guide for Clinicians

"Even brief tobacco dependence treatment is effective and should be offered to every patient who uses tobacco."

—Public Health Service (PHS) Clinical Practice Guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

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