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New AHRQ Study To Explore Models for Making Evidence More Accessible and Usable

A new study initiated by AHRQ will help identify new models for disseminating and accessing evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. The 12-month project is intended to build on AHRQ’s previous support for the National Guideline Clearinghouse. The study will explore innovative approaches to make evidence readily discoverable, accessible and usable to support improved patient outcomes. Viable models will be defined by commitment to core elements such as free public access, advertising-free content, upholding of copyright permissions and adherence to trustworthiness standards established by the Institute of Medicine. The study will also identify organizations with the potential to satisfy those standards.

Access more information on the Guidelines and Measures Updates page.

Final Research Plan: Diet and Physical Activity Counseling for CVD Prevention in Adults at Increased Risk

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today a final research plan on behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthful diet and physical activity for cardiovascular disease prevention in adults with cardiovascular risk factors. The draft research plan for this topic was posted for public comment from June 14 to July 11, 2018. The Task Force reviewed all of the comments that were submitted and took them into consideration as it finalized the research plan. To view the final research plan, please go here.

Preventing 1 Million Heart Attacks and Strokes: CDC Vital Signs Report

Focus. Care. Promote.

Heart attacks and strokes can be catastrophic, life-changing events that are all too common. Heart disease and stroke are preventable, yet they remain leading causes of death, disability, and healthcare spending in the US. Alarmingly, many of these events happen to adults ages 35-64—over 800,000 in 2016. Million Hearts® is a national initiative with a network of partners focused on preventing one million heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular events by 2022. Coordinated actions by public health and healthcare professionals, communities, and healthcare systems can and will keep people healthy, optimize care, and improve outcomes within priority populations.

Key points:

  • About 16 million heart attacks, strokes, and related heart-threatening events* could happen by 2022.
  • 1 in 3 of these life-changing cardiovascular events happened in adults 35-64 years old in 2016.
  • 80% of premature heart disease and strokes are preventable.

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NIH study broadens understanding of High Impact Chronic Pain in the U.S.

New definition enhances ability to research and treat chronic pain.

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NIH research program to explore the transition from acute to chronic pain

A major challenge in pain care is to prevent chronic pain from developing after an initial painful event.

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Six Building Blocks

“Diabetes in America” sheds light on national burden of diabetes.

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New NIH reference book is one-stop resource for diabetes medical information

“Diabetes in America” sheds light on national burden of diabetes.

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Notification of patient overdose deaths reduces clinician opioid prescriptions

NIH-funded study shows clinicians reduced prescriptions following behavioral “nudge”.

NIH expands program that conducts large-scale clinical trials in real-world settings

Ongoing studies focus on many different diseases, including colon cancer, chronic pain and kidney failure.

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Can 'Social Determinants' Data Really Improve Patient Care?

- Population-level research supports the concept, but benefit for individual patients less clear

Fictional TV doctor Gregory House routinely ordered his team to break into patients' homes to find clues to their mystery ailments, perhaps revealing behaviors their patients failed to share.

"Everybody lies," House often said.

In what some suggest is another ethically questionable version of medical sleuthing, companies are now scanning public records that provide clues to individuals' "social determinants of health," or SDOH -- such as arrest records, bankruptcy filings, voter registration, address changes, and marriages and divorces -- that, in combination with traditional prognostic tools, may predict an individual's likelihood of future healthcare needs and costs.

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