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Our Community, Our Commitment Patient Education Toolkit


I developed this series of four patient brochures and four accompanying clinician guides for a CME company. The project's aim was to improve patient-provider communication and increase awareness of hepatitis B prevention and treatment among Asian-Americans. The toolkit has been translated into Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese and is endorsed by the Chinese American Medical Society, the Korean Medical Society, and the Vietnamese American Medical Society.
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The Invisible Epidemic: Women with HIV in the US


Hearing the diagnosis of HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is difficult. It’s easy to feel alone and cut off from friends and family. Women especially may feel this way, because often they didn’t know that they were at risk. And they didn’t think women got HIV... This toolkit consists of 5 patient brochures and 5 clinician guides designed to improve provider-patient communication and increase awareness of the epidemic of HIV in women, especially women of color.
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A New Look at Informed Consent: Recent guidelines prompt patient-centered approach


Recent changes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), along with Joint Commission rules, have prompted many hospitals and health systems to get more involved in what previously fell firmly in the physician’s purview.
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Relaxation Techniques for Health: An Introduction

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Relaxation techniques include a number of practices such as progressive relaxation, guided imagery, biofeedback, self-hypnosis, and deep breathing exercises. The goal is similar in all: to consciously produce the body’s natural relaxation response, characterized by slower breathing, lower blood pressure, and a feeling of calm and well-being.
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Meaningful Use Requirements for Patient Education


Patient education and engagement are important requirements for that Holy Grail of health IT: meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs).
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Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life! Complementary and Alternative Medicine chapter


This chapter, in Mayo Clinic's book on heart health, focused on the evidence for and against different CAM modalities to prevent or treat heart disease. Please contact me at ep@emilypaulsen.com if you wish to see the full chapter.
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The Post-Project Hangover


At last year’s annual ASJA Writers’ Conference in New York, two experts offered tips and tricks to help you say good-bye to one project and move on to the next with renewed energy and enthusiasm. (Full article is only available for ASJA members. Email me at ep@emilypaulsen.com to see a sample.)
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EMR vs EHR–What is the Difference?


Some people use the terms “electronic medical record” and “electronic health record” (or “EMR” and “EHR”) interchangeably. But here at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), you’ll notice we use electronic health record or EHR almost exclusively. While it may seem a little picky at first, the difference between the two terms is actually quite significant.
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ICD-10 Implementation Guides


I edited the CMS Implementation Guides for ICD-10 for various audiences including large medical practices, small medical practices, large and small hospitals, and health insurance companies.
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HIV Prevention in Women Requires a Full Toolbox


Although these statistics on HIV rates among women--and especially African American women-- seem dire, new research, presented here at the National Medical Association 2011 Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly, offers hope that the tide will turn on HIV transmission.
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