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Academic Detailing Services - Educational Materials

Educational materials developed by the ADS includes the following topics: Alcohol Use Disorder, Benzodiazepines, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder, Depression, Diabetes, Emergency Department Opioid Safety Initiative, Headaches, Heart Failure, Insomnia,  Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND), Opioid Use Disorder, Pain/Opioid Safety Initiative, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI), Suicide Prevention, Tobacco Use Disorder ,VA Video Connect, and Weight Management. Topics identified and developed undergo extensive review by subject matter experts, identified topic aligned committees, and PBM Clinical Pharmacy Program Managers. All subject matter experts are required to complete conflict of interest forms.

Additional documents:

PTSD Quick Reference Guide for VA Clinicians

Weight Management: 
Weight Management Quick Reference Guide for VA Clinicians

Disclaimer:  These resources are designed for an Academic Detailing Program.  These are not instructions for the patient.  Please ensure the patient speaks with their provider to determine what is in the best interest of the patient. 

 OEND information, materials, and videos can also be found here.

Guidance for external organizations:

The ADS does not provide printed materials for organizations outside of the VA.  However, external organizations are welcome to print these materials themselves if they wish.
The educational tools developed by the Academic Detailing Services are in the public domain. Therefore, outside entities can freely use, print, and/or link the materials to their website. However, we request that proper credit be given to the appropriate creators.

Example of citation:
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Pharmacy Benefits Management, National Academic Detailing Services. (2018). Effective Treatments for PTSD: Helping Patients Taper from Benzodiazepines (IB&P Number: IB10-910; P96798).
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If an outside entity modifies or changes the content of the VA Academic Detailing Services' educational tools, then they should indicate what the changes are and avoid using the VA logo.

Types of Educational Materials:

·       Clinician or Provider Guide: Document utilized to guide discussion between the Academic Detailer and the clinician. This document provides visually pleasing summaries on updates of the literature and guidelines for the topic being addressed. It typically includes a combination of text, tables and graphics to illustrate        information and provide support for key messages.

·       Quick Reference Guide (also known as "pocket cards"): Document containing key drug (e.g. drug dosing, monitoring) and non-drug detailed information needed to carry out key messages identified in the provider guide, such as information on side effects, dosing, lab monitoring, and interpretation of results.

·       Fact Sheet: Two page quick reference document utilized to provide additional information to support specific key messages.

·       Patient Education: Documents used to facilitate shared decision making, to engage a patient in a particular topic and encourage them to talk to their provider, or to advertise a particular treatment option or assessment tool.