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Screening Guidelines and Preventive Healthcare Programs

Author: Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI  and Noah Carpenter, MD

CE: 8 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
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Course Summary

Health prevention programs that involve annual physical evaluations and screening is an accepted method to effectively reduce the incidence and negative impact of common diseases. In the United States, research has focused on initiatives to improve community-based programs to increase healthy lifestyles throughout all age groups. New strategies to promote healthier populations must consider prior barriers to preventive healthcare and environmental influences that impact the risk and outcome of a disease state. By developing a solid understanding of health prevention, enhanced strategies to improve health outcomes may be reached by health teams that support healthier populations in U.S. regions and worldwide. A search of the literature provided examples of health prevention approaches to improve healthcare in various world regions, which included case trials and program development aimed at new ways to improve the utilization of accepted standards of care as well as to incorporate individual approaches based on lessons learned relative to disease prevention, treatment and outcomes. There are multifactorial risks and environmental influences that impact how prevention strategies evolve and these constitute an ongoing challenge to the health profession and to medical researchers.

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Course Syllabus

I.      Introduction
II.      Screening for Disease Detection and Prevention
III.      Alcohol Use Disorder
1.        Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test – AUDIT
2.        Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test-Consumption - AUDIT-C
3.        Research: Alcohol Use Prevention and Road Safety
IV.      Tobacco Use Disorder
1.        Smoking Cessation Interventions
2.        EHR: Screening and Prevention
3.        Research: Smoking Cessation Program
V.      Lung Cancer
1.        Research: National Lung Screening Trials
VI.      Breast Cancer
1.       American Cancer Society Screening Recommendations
2.        USPSTF Screening Recommendations
3.        Breast Cancer Genetic Testing Recommendations
4.        Research: Nutrition and Breast Cancer Prevention
VII.     Cervical Cancer
1.       Research: Cervical Cancer Screening and HPV Vaccination
VIII.    Prostate Cancer
1.        Research: Prostate Cancer Risk and Dairy Intake
IX.      Skin Cancer
1.        Research: The USPSTF’s Skin Cancer Screening Recommendations Reviewed
 X.      Colorectal Cancer
1.       USPSTF Screening Recommendations
2.       Research: Colorectal Cancer Screening
XI.      Oral Cancer
1.       Research: Oral Leukoplakia and Oral Cancer Prevention
XII.     Coronary Heart Disease and Hypertension
1.       Hypertension
2.       Research: Benefits of Exercise for the Heart
XIII.    Diabetes and Lipid Disorders
1.       Diabetes/Prediabetes Testing in Asymptomatic Adults
2.       Screening for Medical Complications Associated with Diabetes
3.       Components of Diabetes Care
4.       Research: Exercise and Metabolic Disorders
XIV.    Obesity
1.       Research: Obesity Risk in Youth
XV.     Osteoporosis
1.       Research: Vitamin D Deficiency and Osteoporosis
XVI.    Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
1.       Hepatitis B
2.       Hepatitis C
3.       Research: Hepatitis C  and mCGN
XVII.   Human Immunodeficiency Virus
1.       Research:  A “Status Neutral” Approach to HIV
XVIII.  Illicit Drug and Prescription Drug Use
1.  Research: Opioid Use in an Era of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
XIX.    Glaucoma
1.       Research: Open-angle Glaucoma Case Study
XX.     Hearing Impairment
1.       Research: Hearing Impairment
XXI.    Genitourinary Infections and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
1.       Asymptomatic Bacteriuria
2.       Chlamydial Infection
3.       Gonorrhea
4.       Syphilis
5.       Research: Antimicrobial-Resistant Neisseria Gonorrhoeae
XXII.    Iron Deficiency Anemia and Pregnancy
1.        Research: Intravenous Iron for Iron Deficiency Anemia
XXIII.   Major Depression
1.        Research: Comorbid Major Depression and PTSD
XXIV.   Screening for Newborns, Children and Adolescents
1.        Congenital Hypothyroidism
2.        Obesity
3.        Phenylketonuria
4.        Sickle Cell Disease
5.        Visual Impairment in Children Ages 3 to 5: Amblyopia
6.        Research: Amblyopia in Children
XXV.    Interpersonal Violence: Intimate Partner & Elder
1.        Elder Abuse
2.        Research: Interdisciplinary Team and Elder Care
XXVI.   Prevention and Personal Health Counseling
1.        Vaccinations
XXVII.  Summary


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