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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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We offer checklists and support materials to assist patients and their families and caregivers during hospitalization.

Resources

9 Things You Can Do to Get Better Care
This tool, provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's "Care About Your Care" initiative, offers steps that patients can take to ask questions and get more involved in their care. (Also available in Spanish: 9 Cosas que quede hacer para recibir mejor atencion de la salud)

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9 cosas que puede hacer para recibir mejor atencion de la salud
This tool, provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's "Care About Your Care" initiative, offers steps that patients can take to ask questions and get more involved in their care: in Spanish.

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Before Your Stay
This editable workbook, provided by the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, is to be completed before a surgical hospital stay, including medication and personal information.

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Care Transitions ProgramTM Discharge Preparation Checklist
Before you leave the hospital or nursing facility, be sure you have completed each of the tasks on the checklist. Talk to your doctors and nurses about what is going to happen next, find out who you should call if there are problems with your transfer or medications, and be sure you understand how to take your medications. Write down important information and the answers to your questions in your personal health record.

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Eldercare Locator
This website allows people to search in their area for services for older adults and their families. The site also provides useful health resources for older adults, caregivers and medical professionals.

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Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation
The purpose of this website is to "open the pathways of communication between patients, doctors, nurses and hospitals in an effort to enhance hospital safety and prevent adverse events.".

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My Medication Card & Making the Most of My Doctors Appointments
A wallet-sized card for patients to keep track of their medications as well as suggestions of what to do before, during and after doctors appointments.

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Next Step in Care
This website offers resources and guides for family caregivers.

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Questions Are the Answer
Hosted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, this website provides tools and resources to encourage better communication between the patient and provider.

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Strong for Surgery
Developed by the University of Washington, patients and providers can use simple tools and resources to make sure the four steps of eating well, checking blood sugar, quitting smoking and reviewing medications are followed.

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Toma las riendas (Take the Reins)
Spanish-language resources to help patients take a greater role in their health care by exploring the benefits and harms of different treatment options and preparing for their next medical appointment.

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Your Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home
This booklet contains detailed information about choosing a nursing home as well as costs and coverage.

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