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More than 250 regional and local organizations—hospitals, businesses, churches, health departments, clinics, patient groups, and others—are now partnering with AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program to promote evidence-based health care decisionmaking.
These organizations are helping ensure that the Effective Health Care Program's plain-language research summaries make it into the hands of patients, clinicians, and policymakers. Some examples from organizations in 48 States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands include—
AHRQ's five Regional Partnership Development Offices initiate these and other partnerships.
"These resources are valuable because they help people communicate better with their health care providers," explained Nancie McAnaugh, M.S.W., project director for the Missouri Health Equity Collaborative, another partner in the network. "They provide people with the confidence needed to ask questions and participate in health care decisionmaking."
With the addition of 10 new Spanish publications, AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program now has more than two dozen free, easy-to-read Spanish resources to help consumers compare treatments for conditions ranging from high blood pressure to diabetes to depression.
Some of these publications are highlighted in Aprende a vivir ("Learn to Live"), AHRQ's three-episode Spanish-language videonovela that mimics the popular telenovela format to dramatize the risks taken by some Type 2 diabetes patients who forget to take their medicine or stop because of side effects.
AHRQ's growing set of Spanish resources is designed to help Hispanics—who often experience poor health outcomes compared with whites—navigate a complex health care system. AHRQ's Spanish publications also help doctors, nurses, and other professionals speak to patients about their treatment options and health concerns.
The Effective Health Care Program's newest Spanish-language consumer publications summarize the benefits, risks, and effectiveness of treatments for the following conditions:
The new Spanish-language consumer publications can be downloaded from the Effective Health Care Program Web site. The Aprende a vivir videonovela series is on AHRQ's Healthcare 411 Web site.
These and other Spanish-language resources are also available on the Effective Health Care Program's Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/AHRQehc.espanol .
New publications are available from AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program to help parents and health care professionals discuss treatment options for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The publications summarize scientific evidence that shows parental behavior training reduces ADHD symptoms and disruptive behavior disorders in children under 6 and discuss long-term treatment effectiveness for all age groups.
The free consumer treatment comparison summary includes the following:
ADHD is a condition classified by inattention, overactivity, and impulsivity. It affects children of all ages, and approximately 5 percent of children worldwide show symptoms including hyperactivity and difficulty paying attention or focusing on tasks. While ADHD is most commonly identified and treated in elementary school (ages 7 to 9), there is growing interest in identifying children who show signs of ADHD at a very young age in order to treat them as early as possible.
More information for clinicians is in the following free materials:
The new ADHD resources are based on AHRQ's research review Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Effectiveness of Treatment in At-Risk Preschoolers; Long-Term Effectiveness in All Ages; and Variability in Prevalence, Diagnosis, and Treatment. These materials and others that explore the benefits and risks of treatment options for many common health conditions are available on the Effective Health Care Program Web site: www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov.
These materials summarize the latest research on the use of serological tests to diagnose inflammatory causes of musculoskeletal (MSK) pain in children and adolescents. While evidence does not support the use of these tests for all complaints of MSK pain, research indicates these tests may be useful as a supplement to a physical exam. Available resources include—
See the above article for more information. Available resources include—
For patients with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), there is not enough research to determine the effectiveness of multidisciplinary postacute rehabilitation programs (programs which aim to improve a TBI patient's physical, cognitive, and behavioral health) for improving patient health and functioning. Available resources include—
Noninvasive tests that produce images of how well the heart is functioning, such as echocardiography (ECHO) and single proton emission computed tomography (SPECT), more accurately diagnose coronary artery disease in women with suspicious symptoms than electrocardiography (ECG), which monitors heartbeats to detect restricted blood flow. Available resources include—
For all Effective Health Care Program resources, visit www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov.
EHC Inside Track is a newsletter highlighting important news and developments from AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program.
Call 1-800-358-9295 and use reference code C-01 to get free print copies of EHC Program clinician and consumer research summaries.