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Research, Recommendations and Guidelines

2014

The Birth Certificate (Finally) Goes National
By the time we ring in 2015, all of America's 50 states and the District of Columbia will have finally adopted the 2003 Revisions of the U.S. Standard Certificate of Live Birth, generally known as the standard birth certificate.

Vital Signs: Variation Among States in Prescribing of Opioid Pain Relievers and Benzodiazepines — United States, 2012
In 2012, prescribers wrote 82.5 OPR and 37.6 benzodiazepine prescriptions per 100 persons in the United States. State rates varied 2.7-fold for OPR and 3.7-fold for benzodiazepines. For both OPR and benzodiazepines, rates were higher in the South census region, and three Southern states were two or more standard deviations above the mean.

Resources for Serving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Patients
Learn about the unique sexual health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients, and get resources for making your clinical practice more welcoming.

Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, 2013
Among adults in age groups 18–24, 25–34, 35–44, and 45-64, men were more likely than women to lack health insurance coverage at the time of interview.

Marriage, Cohabitation, and Men's Use of Preventive Health Care Services
Among men aged 18–64, those who were married were more likely than cohabiting men and other not-married men to have had a health care visit in the past 12 months. Marriage was associated with greater likelihood of a health care visit for both younger and older men, and for men with health insurance.

2012

Partner Services for Medical Providers and Referring Providers (3/302012)
This module provides an overview of the principles that guide effective practice in discussing a referral to Partner services with patients. It is a beta version (pending final CDC clearance.) On completion, you will be asked to evaluate the module.

2011

A Framework for Patient-Centered Health Risk Assessments (12/29/2011)
Final health risk assessment recommendations, published in A Framework for Patient-Centered Health Risk Assessments -- Providing Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Services to Medicare Beneficiaries, are now available online. The framework includes guidance for health-care providers and others in the design and application of health risk assessments and follow-up interventions that research suggests are effective in reducing some high-risk health behaviors.

CDC Announces New Effort to Boost Number of Baby-Friendly Hospitals (11/3/2011)
CDC has awarded nearly $6 million over three years to the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality to help hospitals nationwide make quality improvements to maternity care to better support mothers and babies to be able to breastfeed. The goal of the project is to accelerate the number of U.S. Baby-Friendly hospitals.

Hospitals Need Better Maternity Care Practices (9/16/2011)
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative recommends 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. Find out how better maternity care practices can help mothers start and continue breastfeeding.

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