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Shared Decision-Making Tools

The Mayo Clinic's National Resource Center for Shared Decision Making has developed and tested simple tools called KerCards that providers can use to help patients make decisions about diabetes medications, osteoporosis treatment, and statin options. The National Resource Center for Shared Decision Making is also testing similar decision aids for treatment after acute myocardial infarction and for chest pain


Blood Pressure

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Health and Human Services have produced useful guide for clinicians entitled: Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring Action Steps for Clinicians.


Chronic Conditions

Purdue Health Care Alliance Development Team recently updated their Handbook for People with Pain, which includes recommendations to promote and enable self-care management of pain. The Handbook can be found here.

The Rhode Island Department of Health offers the Provider Resource Guide for Patients with Chronic Conditions.  This brochure describes evidence-based supplemental health improvement services that support patients, families, providers, and the healthcare system in disease management, self-management, and patient activation. 

The Rhode Island Department of Health offers the Wellness Resource Guide Programs proven to work.


Congestive Heart Failure

A handy booklet for patients with congestive heart failure to use to manage their heart health.


Diabetes Resources

The Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (DPCP) at the Rhode Island Department of Health is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and works to address the burden of diabetes in the state through coordination of the Rhode Island Statewide Diabetes Health System (RI-SDHS). DPCP projects and activities are directed at quality diabetes clinical care, workforce development, multicultural programs, diabetes patient self-management, education, and pre-diabetes care. More information on DPCP is available at

DPCP offers the following programs and resources:

  • Certified Diabetes Outpatient Education (CDOE) Program certifies a workforce of nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and practice sites in diabetes education. CDOEs are available at health care sites and other organizations throughout the state to help people with diabetes to better manage their condition.
  • Multicultural Diabetes Education Program (MDEP) provides multilingual and multicultural basic diabetes education and support in communities with limited access to formal diabetes education programs. 
  • Diabetes Prevention Program provides physician practices with tools to improve screening and the quality of care of patients at risk for diabetes and connects patients at risk for diabetes with community resources.
  • Living Well Rhode Island provides evidence-based chronic disease self-management education to people with diabetes statewide. The program's chronic disease self-management workforce has been developed for both English and Spanish education. 

Community-Based Diabetes Support Groups are available in the community to provide social support and other resources to adults with diabetes and their caregivers to help them live happy, healthy, and productive lives with diabetes. For a listing of support groups, contact Maria Matias.

Useful national resources:



The MacArthur Initiative on Depression & Primary Care patient education materials on depression, including self-management, antidepressant medication, and psychological counseling.


Smoking Cessation

QuitWorks is intended for health care providers to use as a tool to aid the cessation efforts of their patients. QuitWorks is free to providers, as well as to all RI residents regardless of health insurance status. For more information, contact Brenda Jenkins, Quitworks Coordinator, at or 401-528-3246 or visit

Rhode Island Smokers' Quitline (1-800-QuitNow)
The Rhode Island Smokers' Quitline provides cessation information, multi-session telephone counseling, and self-help materials to patients at no cost.

Tobacco Cessation and Treatment Program (401-519-1970)
The Tobacco Cessation and Treatment Program offers free group or individual counseling and information sessions to Rhode Islanders who are uninsured and under-insured.

Metro-Area Services (401-780-2520)
Free quit support services are available to uninsured Providence residents. Call for locations.

State Employees Wellness Program (
Financial incentives are available for state employees who use Quitline services.

Medicaid Cessation Services (401-462-5300 - DHS Info Line)
Medicaid offers mandatory cessation coverage for quit medications, nicotine replacement therapy, and individual counseling for Managed Care and Fee-For-Service members. Restrictions may apply.

Private Health Insurance Coverage
Rhode Island requires mandatory cessation coverage, including quit medications, nicotine replacement therapy, and counseling, for patients with private health insurance (except self-insured plans).

Additional QUIT Resources

Online Quit Support

American Lung Association

National Tobacco Cessation Collaborative

CDC Office on Smoking and Health


Other Patient Education Materials

Pri-Med Patient Education Center, consumer health information written by Harvard Medical School


Our Mission

The mission of the Care Transformation Collaborative is to lead the transformation of primary care in Rhode Island in the context of an integrated health care system; and to improve the quality of care, the patient experience of care, the affordability of care, and the health of the populations we serve.