Sarah Mars is a Public Affairs Specialist at the Agency For Healthcare Research and Quality. She was nice enough to send me the below information to share.
When patients become more actively involved in their own health, there’s a much stronger likelihood their health outcomes will be better.
That’s why “Questions are the Answer,” a new public education initiative from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), encourages patients to have more effective two-way communication with their doctors and other clinicians.
“Questions are the Answer” features a website — www.ahrq.gov/questions — where you will find these free educational tools to use with your patients:
· A 7-minute video featuring real-life patients and clinicians who give firsthand accounts on the importance of asking questions and sharing information – this tool is ideal for a patient waiting room area and can be set to run on a continuous loop.
· A brochure, titled “Be More Involved in Your Health Care: Tips for Patients,” that offers helpful suggestions to follow before, during and after a medical visit.
· Notepads to help patients prioritize the top three questions they wish to ask during their medical appointment.