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I have a doctor’s appointment in a few days. What can I do …

Q:I have a doctor’s appointment in a few days. What can I do to prepare for it? A: There are a number of things you can do to get ready for your appointment and to make your visit a more positive and productive experience. Here are some suggestions:

Make a list of your symptoms. Make a list of questions you want to ask. Bring a list of your family medical history, medications, and... Read more

I was just released from the hospital. Do I need to make an…

Q: I was just released from the hospital. Do I need to make an appointment to see my regular doctor? A: Approximately one in five Medicare beneficiaries in the United States is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge; up to 76 percent of these readmissions may be preventable. A common reason for readmissions is the absence of timely follow-up appointments with primary care providers to assist patients with... Read more

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A = Ask questions and clarify what you don't understand

Materials are available to help patients and their families ensure that they understand the next steps in the recovery process and their movement through the care continuum.

Resources

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) - Patient and Clinician VideosLibrary of videos portratying the importance of asking questions.

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) - Patient and Clinician VideoProvider talking about the importance of patients asking questions.

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) - Patient and Clinician VideoPatient talking about how asking questions made him a better partner in his own care.

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) - Questions to Ask Your Doctor
This website encourages people to ask questions of their doctor and other care providers about their health. (also available in Spanish: Conozca las preguntas)

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Conozca las preguntas
Un sitio de web con enlaces para ayudarte hacer preguntas mejores a tu médico o cuidador en cuanto a tu salud.

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Choosing Wisely
Website with tools and resources aimed at helping providers and patients work together to make informed choices about care.

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Cleveland Clinic - Questions to ask your doctor
Suggested questions for patients to ask their providers.

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New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Quality
This website offers information on making the most of your doctor appointments.

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Questions to Ask Your DoctorThis website offers tops on how to better ask your health care providers important questions.

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SBAR Form for Patients or AdvocatesThis form helps patients or their advocates organize thoughts and communicate with their providers.

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