Antibiotic stewardship is a pressing health issue in our time. There are four reasons for this growing concern:
Patient education fact sheets:
Sanford Health Plan is responsible for adopting and distributing clinical practice guidelines for acute, chronic and behavioral health care services that are relevant to our membership. Clinical practice guidelines are systematically developed statements that help practitioners and members make decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances. These guidelines can improve health care and reduce unnecessary variations in practice patterns. Practice guidelines are based on reasonable medical evidence, such as clinical literature and expert consensus. The Plan’s multi-specialty physician committee, Physician Quality Committee, has reviewed and approved practice guidelines for numerous conditions. Where links are provided, Sanford Health Plan has adopted the clinical practice guidelines exactly as they are written by the respective organizations. If you have questions or suggestions regarding these guidelines, contact Sanford Health Plan.
Sanford Health is dedicated in meeting the diverse needs of all members in every setting by providing services that are respectful of and responsive to the beliefs, practices, and cultural and linguistic needs of members that improve health outcomes. Providing cultural competent care is the ability to provide care to patients with diverse values, beliefs and behaviors, including tailoring delivery to meet member's social, cultural and linguistic needs. Providers who provide culturally competent care raise awareness of the needs of our members from various cultures resulting in the delivery of more personalized care.
Culture refers to patterns of human behavior that include the language, thoughts, communications, actions, customs, beliefs, values and institutions of racial, ethnic, religious or social groups.
Competence is the capacity to function effectively as an individual or organization within the context of the cultural beliefs, behaviors and needs presented by people and their communities."
Cultural competency training and other resources:
Immunization Schedules from birth to 18
Each year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) publishes immunization schedules for persons age birth through age 18. These schedules summarize recommendations for routine vaccines for children age 18 and younger. There is also a catch-up immunization schedule available.
HPV (human papillomavirus) immunization resources
Prevention of medical errors and adverse outcomes is an essential part of high quality health care. While health care providers have an obligation to practice patient safety, patients and their advocates play an essential role in this too. Many tools are available for physicians and other practitioners to use with patients. In addition, Sanford Health Plan encourages members to learn about the risks of medical procedures and therapies, to take precaution with medications, and to question anything they do not understand.
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