News and Updates for Healthcare Professionals

New Report on Costs of Low Health Literacy

Our health literacy skills and those of the people we serve can vary in different situations. For example, our health literacy skills can decline when we’re under stress, such as when we’re dealing with an illness or when we’ve been up all night with a crying baby.

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Living Systematic Review on Cannabis and Other Plant-Based Treatments for Chronic Pain

In an effort to address the opioid epidemic, a prominent goal of current research is to identify alternative treatments with equal or better benefits for pain while avoiding potential unintended consequences that could result in harms.

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Final Recommendation Statement: Interventions for Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Persons

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today a final recommendation statement on interventions for tobacco smoking cessation in adults, including pregnant persons. The Task Force recommends clinicians ask about tobacco use and connect people to proven, safe methods to help them quit. The evidence is unclear whether e-cigarettes help adults quit smoking. More research is needed on the benefits and harms of using medications to help pregnant people quit. To view the recommendation, the evidence on which it is based, and a summary for clinicians, please go here. The final recommendation statement can also be found in the January 19, 2021 online issue of JAMA.

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New PCD Essay on COVID-19 and Chronic Disease From CDC Experts

In a new PCD essay from the senior leadership of CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), NCCDPHP Director Karen A. Hacker, MD, MPH, and Peter A. Briss, MD, MPH, Medical Director of NCCDPHP’s Office of Medicine and Science, discuss the importance of prevention and care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Final Recommendation Statement: Screening for Hepatitis B in Adolescents and Adults

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today a final recommendation statement on screening for hepatitis B virus infection in adolescents and adults. The Task Force recommends screening people at increased risk for hepatitis B infection. To view the recommendation, the evidence on which it is based, and a summary for clinicians, please go here. The final recommendation statement can also be found in the December 15, 2020 online issue of JAMA.

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ECRI Guidelines Trust Celebrates its 2nd Anniversary

Over the past two years, we have made tremendous progress in growing our network and disseminating current, evidence-based guidelines to users around the world. We are pleased to represent more than 1,800 guidelines from over 200 national and international guideline developer organizations. This year we launched a new offering, the Guideline Snapshot, a screening tool that succinctly outlines a guideline's focus, patient population, and major interventions, as well as the Cultural Competence Corner, highlighting articles and guideline content which focus on underserved populations.

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New updates to federal guidelines revamp asthma management

Updates to six key areas of asthma care focus on improving diagnosis, management and treatment.

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Final Recommendation Statement: Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle in Adults With Cardiovascular Risk Factors

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today a final recommendation statement on behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthy diet and physical activity for cardiovascular disease prevention in adults with cardiovascular risk factors.The Task Force recommends counseling for a healthy diet and physical activity to help people at risk for cardiovascular disease. To view the recommendation, the evidence on which it is based, and a summary for clinicians, please go here. The final recommendation statement can also be found in the November 24, 2020 online issue of JAMA.

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Rural and Urban Can Join Forces to Improve Health Literacy Skills

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