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Do You Ask Enough Questions of Your Doctor?

We’ve probably all had the experience of being too stressed, too intimidated, or too rushed to ask the questions we should ask to get the best care. Doctor’s offices, clinics and hospitals are all very busy and efficient so it’s tough to interrupt the flow with your need for information. Dealing with a stressful health issue makes it tough to organize thoughts or feel the strength to insist on attention.

However, questioning doctors and care providers would cut medical errors and create better outcomes according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Their new initiative tries to encourage patients and their caregivers to ask the questions and do the followup.

See one woman’s experience in this video: CLICK HERE. Free tools to help are listed below.

Free Tools

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, supports research that helps people make informed decisions and improves the quality of health care.

AHRQ offers these free resources to help you make decisions about your health care:

  • Questions are the Answer: http://www.ahrq.gov/questions
    This Web site lets you make a list of questions that you can bring to your medical appointments and gives you tips on talking with your doctor.
  • Consumers & Patients: http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer
    This page links to consumer information on staying healthy, getting high-quality health care, and more.
  • Your Medicine: Be Smart. Be Safe: http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/safemeds/yourmeds.htm
    This booklet answers common questions about getting and taking medicines and has a wallet card to help you keep track of your medicines. Order a free copy by calling 1-800-358-9295.
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