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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) develop clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) for several psychological health conditions, substance use disorders, suicide risk, and other conditions. Guidelines improve patient care by reducing variation in practice and systematizing best practices. CPGs are intended for use as a tool to assist a health care providers and should not be used to replace clinical judgment.

The latest versions of the full guidelines, along with related materials such as provider and patient summaries and provider pocket cards, are available for download from the Department of Veterans Affairs Clinical Practice Guidelines Website

PHCoE has created resources that complement psychological health CPGs. These resources, called clinical support tools (CSTs), condense CPG material, highlight critical information, and present it in a digestible manner. CSTs are not intended to replace or supersede CPGs; rather, they address a particular aspect of a CPG or help to disseminate knowledge about the evidence-based treatments to patients, families, and military leaders.

PHCoE currently offers CSTs addressing the following psychological health conditions:

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Lethal Means Counseling: Recommendations for Providers

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Provider factsheet with information on how to counsel patients at risk for suicide on reducing their access to lethal means, as well as helpful firearm means safety recommendations and provider resources

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Safety Plan Worksheet

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Printable worksheet, designed to enable health care provider and patient to collaboratively identify a patient’s stressful triggers, warning signs, sources of support, coping strategies and ways to access health care and crisis assistance

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Safety Plan Worksheet (digital version)

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Digital version of the Safety Plan Worksheet, designed to be saved electronically, enabling patients and providers to access it via their digital devices and update as needed

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Crisis Response Plan

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Printable, collaborative safety planning tool for trained providers and their patients to create a dynamic plan to reduce patient risk for suicidal behavior

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Suicide Prevention: Risk Factors and Warning Signs for Family Members and Caregivers

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Brochure that describes suicide warning signs, risk factors, and what family members and caregivers can do to help a loved one in crisis

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Safety Plan Worksheet: Brief Instructions for Providers

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Reducing Access to Firearms: A Suicide Prevention Guide for Military Leaders

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Management of Substance Use Disorders Screening and Treatment Pocket Card

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Resource with screening and treatment algorithms, as well as high level reminders for providers on screening, brief intervention, pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy guidance

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Provider Pocket Guide Opioid Therapy for Pain

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Tabbed pocket guide to help providers assess the risks and benefits of initiating or continuing opioid therapy and recommended strategies for managing tapering, withdrawal and discontinuation

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Insomnia Medications: Facts for Patients and Families

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This factsheet for patients and families provides information about medications for chronic insomnia disorder including medication-related precautions, questions to ask your doctor, and what to know about herbal supplements.

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Managing Side Effects and Complications of Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain

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Patient Information Guide Long Term Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain

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Patient booklet that highlights responsible use of opioids, benefits and risks of opioid therapy, and self-management tips

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Is Your Body Ready for Pregnancy? Pregancy and Sustance Abuse: It's Not Worth the Risk

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A brochure for patients with information on how women and babies are impacted by alcohol, tobacco and drug use when trying to conceive and during pregnancy

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Treating Insomnia with Behavior Change: A Patient’s Guide

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This factsheet for patients provides information and resources about behaviorally-based treatments and techniques for chronic insomnia disorder.

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Tapering and Discontinuing Opioids

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Brochure for primary care providers with strategies to safely taper, manage withdraw and discontinue long-term opioid therapy

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Substance Misuse Clinical Support Tools

A set of resources for providers, patients, and families on evidenced-based treatment of substance misuse

Substance Misuse

Insomnia Clinical Support Tools

A set of resources for providers, patients and families on evidence-based treatment of insomnia

Insomnia

Pregnancy Clinical Support Tools

Resources for providers and patients on health care management of pregnancy

Pregnancy

Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain Clinical Support Tools

A set of resources for providers, patients, and families on evidence-based opioid therapy for chronic pain

Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain

Major Depressive Disorder Clinical Support Tools

A set of resources for providers, patients and families on evidence-based treatment of depression

Major Depressive Disorder

PTSD Clinical Support Tools

A set of resources for providers, patients, and families on evidenced-based treatment of PTSD

PTSD

Suicide Risk Clinical Support Tools

A set of resources for providers, patients, and families on evidence-based treatment of suicide risk

Suicide Risk

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