To support quality improvement initiatives, CCHN promotes the use of assessment instruments used for screening, diagnosing, and monitoring a number of chronic conditions from depression to diabetes.
This questionnaire incorporates DSM-IV depression diagnostic criteria with other leading major depressive symptoms into a brief self-report tool which is completed by the patient and scored by the clinician. Based on the scoring, provisional diagnosis are identified and a number of treatment recommendations are outlined.
Falls, especially for older adults, can lead to a number of serious complications. The Steadi Toolkit was developed by the CDC’s Injury Center for health care providers who see older adults in their practice who are at risk of falling or who may have fallen in the past. The STEADI Tool Kit gives health care providers the information and tools they need to assess and address their older patients’ fall risk.
RAND 36 Health Survey
CCHN staff have begun training with local medical practices using an additional screening tool, the RAND 36.
RAND 36 is self-report survey that provides a generic measure of health status in the following 8 areas: physical functioning, bodily pain, role limitations due to physical health problems, role limitations due to emotional problems, emotions well being, social functioning, energy/fatigue, and general health perceptions.