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Hitti JE, Melvin AJ, Taylor P, Rhodes W, eds. 2016. Screening and management of maternal HIV infection: Implications for mother and infant (rev. ed.). Seattle, WA: University of Washington, Northwest Regional Perinatal Program and Department of Pediatrics; Olympia, WA: Washington State Department of Health, 40 pp.

Annotation: This handbook describes best practices to help with the continuing effort to prevent HIV infection in women and infants. Topics include HIV counseling and testing during pregnancy; perinatal transmission risk; diagnostic tests; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's classification of disease; HIV reporting requirements; medications and treatment during pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum; newborn treatment; and consultation and referral information. Four appendices provide a resource directory, a listing of local health jurisdictions in Washington state, free regional and national telephone consultation resources, and Web sites. References conclude the handbook.

Contact: Washington State Department of Health, P.O. Box 47890, Olympia, WA 98504-7890, Telephone: (800) 525-0127 Secondary Telephone: (360) 236-4030 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Childbirth, Consultation, Counseling, Diagnostic tests, HIV, HIV screening, Labor, Medicine, Newborns, Perinatal care, Postpartum care, Pregnancy, Pregnant women, Referral, Resource materials, Women's health

ABIM Foundation. 2012–. Choosing Wisely®. Philadelphia, PA: ABIM Foundation,

Annotation: This website is part of a multi-year campaign to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about the overuse of tests and procedures and support physician efforts to help patients make smart and effective care choices. Contents include lists of Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question. Each list provides specific, evidence-based recommendations physicians and patients should discuss to help make wise decisions about the most appropriate care based on their individual situation. Each list also describes the methodology used to the create the list. Descriptions of campaign partners, including national organizations representing medical specialists and a number of consumer-focused organizations, are provided. Additional resources are also available from the website.

Contact: ABIM Foundation, 510 Walnut Street, Suite 1700, Philadelphia, PA 19106, Contact E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Communication, Consumer education, Diagnostic techniques, Patient care, Physician patient relations, Public awareness campaigns, Safety, Tests, Treatment

Delgado JL. 2011. The buena salud guide for a healthy heart. Washington, DC: National Alliance for Hispanic Health, 126 pp. (The buena salud series)

Annotation: This book identifies key factors that define cardiovascular health, the changes that individuals and families can make to live healthier lives, and the tools to do so. The content is presented in three parts. Part one addresses what we know about the heart and Hispanics, how the heart works, life changes to consider (things to do and things to avoid), and a 10-point program for health. Part two presents facts on frequently asked about conditions and information on the tests and procedures that are used to diagnose and treat heart conditions. Part three offers resources and tools such as noncommercial web sites, space to write down information about health care visits and medicines, vitamins, supplements, teas, etc. Questions to ask a health care provider about a diagnosis, a diagnostic test, surgery or procedures, or recovery after surgery or procedures are also included. It is in Spanish.

Contact: Buena Salud Club, Telephone: (866) 783-2645 Web Site: $9.95.

Keywords: Behavior modification, Cardiovascular diseases, Cardiovascular tests, Consumer education materials, Diagnostic techniques, Ethnic factors, Health behavior, Health promotion, Hispanic Americans, Spanish language materials, Surgery

Byrne J, Edelson V, Friedland A, Terry SF. 2008. Eyes on the prize: Truth telling about genetic testing. Washington, DC: Genetic Alliance, 32 pp. (Monograph series no. 3)

Annotation: This monograph summarizes the proceedings from a two-day summit convened by the Genetic Alliance in September 2007 to examine the current genetic testing landscape and propose solutions to advance the field of quality diagnostics. The meeting brought together a wide variety of stakeholders to offer their concerns and opinions in an atmosphere of truth-telling and transparency. Included in the monograph are a list of goals related to the monitoring of human genome testing set forth by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and a survey of the characteristics of a range of genetic tests. The monograph also addresses research and development opportunities and challenges; testing development; clinical delivery and commercialization; laboratory quality; the role of the Food and Drug Administration in oversight; and the role of professional, laboratory, and patient guidelines and best practices. A glossary of recurrent themes related to genetic testing and a summary of recommended next steps are also provided.

Contact: Genetic Alliance, 4301 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 404, Washington, DC 20008-2369, Telephone: (202) 966-5557 Secondary Telephone: (800) 336-GENE Fax: (202) 966-8553 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Conference proceedings, Diagnostic techniques, Genetic screening, Genetic services, Tests

Project on Classification of Exceptional Children. 1974. The futures of children: Categories, labels, and their consequences. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University, 309 pp.

Annotation: This report summarizes the findings of the Project on Classification of Exceptional Children undertaken in 1972 at the request of Elliot Richardson, then secretary of Health, Education and Welfare. It deals with social functions of categories and labels, diagnostic categories, proposed model for classifying children, possible negative effects of treatment programs, the legal status, integration of services for exceptional children, and recommendations. The report ends with 2 appendices: one on suggestions for parents and professionals and the other a list of project participants, grouped by their specialties; and a list of references.

Keywords: Children with special health care needs, Civil rights, Classification, Developmental disabilities, Diagnostic tests, Family support services, Health screening, Labeling, Substance use screening

O'Brien D. 1970. Rare inborn errors of metabolism in children with mental retardation. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Maternal and Child Health Service, 125 pp.

Annotation: This publication is intended to offer to pediatricians and allied professions interested in mental retardation clinical information and diagnostic guidelines on a group of individually rare syndromes on which little information is available. The descriptions in this booklet are mostly confined to states with ill defined physical signs in which the diagnosis depends on laboratory confirmation. In each case, the clinical and laboratory findings are briefly stated, together with a summary of current thought on the underlying biochemical disorder, the genetics, and the treatment. The diagnostic and screening tests are outlined with the individual syndromes and are also set out in greater detail in a special section. A brief summary of the use of amniocentesis and tissue culture techniques to detect cytogenetic and biochemical aberrations is also included.

Keywords: Allied health personnel, Amniocentesis, Biochemical genetics, Diagnostic tests, Mental retardation, Metabolic diseases, Pediatricians, Tests


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.