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Clinicians and Their Chronically Ill Pediatric Patients Together Can Improve Medication Adherence and the Use of Health Care Services

A child uses an asthma inhaler.When children and adolescents who have chronic illnesses, forget or decide not to take their medications, they are more likely to have the kinds of symptoms that require a trip to the emergency department or a stay in the hospital. Clinicians can take a more active role in promoting medication adherence among their chronically ill pediatric patients with monitoring devices that track medication adherence.

 


The Rutgers CERT Helps Establish Updated Parameters for Psychotropic Medication Use in Texas Foster Children

A boy watches from behind folded arms.The State of Texas has a single, comprehensive, managed-care system to provide medical and mental health services to children and youth in foster care. The Rutgers CERT recently collaborated on the update of the State’s oversight protocol, Psychotropic Medication Utilization Parameters for Foster Children, and recommended important changes to help reduce the use of these medicines in foster children.

 


Recent Research Findings Suggest Practice Recommendations for Preventing Falls in Hospitalized Patients

A patient is assisted with walking.Although the Joint Commission requires that a fall risk assessment be conducted on every patient when admitted to a hospital and that a fall-prevention care plan be put in place, fall rates have failed to significantly improve. Learn what the Brigham and Women's CERT is doing to reduce fall rates and access their toolkit and copies of other available tools for use in your institution.

 


Nurses Can Help Improve Health Literacy in Patient Care

A health professional explains dosage requirements to a patient.Extensive research shows that people who have low health literacy have poorer health outcomes and higher medical costs. Learn about the Northwestern CERT's research and the role that nurses can play in improving health literacy and access AHRQ's Health Literacy Universal Toolkit.

 


2012 Updated Recommendations for Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis

hands with arthritisThe 2012 Recommendations for the Use of Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs and Biologic Agents in the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis were recently issued by the American College of Rheumatology. Learn about the update and the role that the UAB CERT Center played in its development.

 


New Guidelines for Treating Maladaptive Aggression in Youth

A child rests her chin on her knee.2012 Recommendations for the Treatment of Maladaptive Aggression in Youth (T-MAY) were recently published in the journal Pediatrics. Learn about the recommendations and the Rutgers CERT Center role in their development.

 


Treatment of Maladaptive Aggression in Youth (T-MAY) Toolkit

A child hugs his knees to his chest.This toolkit provides clinicians with a systematic, evidence-based approach to diagnosing, assessing, and treating maladaptive aggression in children and adolescents.

 

 


Warfarin Communication Toolkit for Nurses

A health professional looks helpful.This collection of materials introduces a new communication tool that is based on the principles of effective standardized communication. Designed for nurses, the materials focus on methods and techniques to improve communications with physicians about warfarin. However, the methods have been used to address a variety of communication challenges in diverse settings.

 


2010 Recommendations for the Prevention and Treatment of Glucocorticoid-Induced Osteoporosis

The definition of "osteoporosis" is highlighted in a dictionary.New recommendations issued by the American College of Rheumatology and coauthored by investigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Deep South Musculoskeletal Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs).

Page last reviewed March 2017
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