Posts tagged ‘ahrq’

October 1, 2012

Rehab effectiveness still unclear with TBI

Insufficient evidence exists to determine the effectiveness of multidisciplinary postacute rehabilitation programs for patients with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), a new AHRQ Effective Health Care Program review concludes.

These programs aim to improve the physical, cognitive, and behavioral health of the estimated 1.7 million people diagnosed annually with TBI.  The differences and complexity of patient populations and treatment approaches within studies–including time since injury, injury severity, impairment type and severity, and different intervention approaches to address needs–make it difficult to carry out, combine, and draw firm conclusions from these studies.

These findings and others can be found in the review, Multidisciplinary Postacute Rehabilitation for Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury in Adults.

April 28, 2012

Help reorganize AHRQ on the web!

AHRQ is putting out a call for participation in its “card sort,” and it’s kind of fun.

The group wants to have a more intuitive organization to its information and is asking users to take 10 minutes to walk through different options of how you want to see information organized.

For example, choose if Patient Management and Care Resources should go under Programs, Initiatives, and Centers or Health Professionals Resources or Patient Resources, etc.

Hurry! You can only sort until May 4.

Clinical and Medical Researchers card sort

General Public, Media, and Policymakers card sort


February 6, 2012

AHRQ database of clinical practice guidelines are at your fingertips

This webpage has a top-level directory of all of the practice guidelines. Ones that interest home health the most:

Pressure ulcer prevention

Pain management, including cancer and acute pain

Urinary incontinence

Heart failure and cardiac rehabilitation

Take a look at your agency’s policies and see if things can be improved!

January 19, 2012

Education: Health care transition programs

We all know that health care coordination has been a buzz phrase for a few years. AHRQ recently released some coordination stories. This trend is something we should all keep up on … and take every idea when can get from it.

See the AHRQ posts here.

July 24, 2011

The human factor in home health

There is so much talk about how we can automate health care of improve processes. What about the human factors of home health?

AHRQ and the National Academies have wondered about it, too. A report has been released from a 2009 working group. The new report outlines the impact of technology, environment, policy and human factors on the growing field of home health care.

Health Care Comes Home: The Human Factors, describes the areas in which human factors can influence health care in the home; what devices and tools are available; and the changes health information technology has created in the delivery of home health care.  It also discusses the ways different cultures approach health care in the home and the effects that policy and regulations can have on health care in the home.  The report offers recommendations on next steps to ensure quality health care in the home setting.

If you want to read the report, download the PDF. Ordering the paper copy does cost you some money. Select to read the report and recommendations and select for the designer’s guide.