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ACP releases new patient education materials


The American College of Physicians (ACP) has unveiled new booklets and DVDs designed to help patients and physicians manage pre-diabetes, gout, obesity and weight loss, and Alzheimer's disease. They are:

  • Prediabetes: Your guide to reducing your risk for the development of diabetes. This patient booklet, funded by a grant from Novo Nordisk, is designed to encourage conversation between patients and their physicians. It provides information about pre-diabetes and risks for diabetes that should trigger action by the patient. Offered in English and Spanish, the booklet is written in a conversational tone at a fifth-grade reading level and includes photographs of real patients with their families. It gives tips and concrete examples of how to reduce the risk for developing diabetes.

Three patient videos also are available: “Prediabetes: An Overview,” Prediabetes and Proper Diet,” and “Prediabetes and Increasing Activity.”

  • Relief from Gout: A Guide for Patients. The guidebook and accompanying DVD explain the basics of gout and how it can be successfully managed. Patients will learn what causes gout, how to relieve gout pain, and ways to reduce the risk of future gout attacks.

  • Excess Weight and Your Health: A Guide to Effective, Healthy Weight Loss. Produced in partnership with the Obesity Action Coalition and funded by Vivus Inc., this guidebook and accompanying DVD profiles stories of four formerly obese patients and explains why some people gain excess weight, the risks of having excess weight, and what patients can do about it. Patients will learn nutrition and fitness tips that will show how to make better food choices and incorporate physical activity. Patients also will learn about medicines and surgical techniques that may be options for those with significant excess weight.

  • Make It Happen! Helpful Ways to Lose Weight. Designed with input from experts and people who have either lost weight or are trying to lose weight, this guidebook provides information to help patients with the struggle of losing weight and with helpful tips for making healthier choices. Patients will learn how to eat better, move more, sleep well, and stress less. The guide suggests small steps patients can take as well as helping patients develop their own achievable action plans.

  • Alzheimer's Disease. The ACP has produced three videos, funded by a grant from Pfizer Inc., to help clinicians assess Alzheimer's disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States: “Alzheimer's Disease Visit 1: Assessing Cognition and Recommending Follow-up,” “Alzheimer's Disease Visit 2: Disclosing an Alzheimer's Diagnosis,” and “Peer-to-Peer Discussion of Important Aspects of Assessing Cognition and Disclosing Alzheimer's Disease during Primary Care Visits.”

ACP’s patient education materials can be ordered at www.acponline.org/patient_tools or by calling ACP Customer Service at 800-523-1546, extension 2600. “Prediabetes,” “Relief from Gout,”, “Excess Weight and Your Health,” and “Alzheimer’s Disease” are available for all physicians to order for free. “Make It Happen” is available for all physicians to order for their patients and is free to ACP members.

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