|• 20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)
This consumer brochure includes tips on medication use, hospital stays, preparation for surgery, communication with health care providers, and seeking reliable health care information.
• Advance Directives and Do Not Resuscitate Orders (American Academy of Family Physicians)
Explains advance directives, do not resuscitate orders, durable power
of attorney for health care, and living wills.
• Be Informed: Questions To Ask Your Doctor Before You Have Surgery (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)
Each question is presented with a brief description of the kind of information you need
• Do your homework before you choose a hospital (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)
Discusses matters to consider when selecting a hospital and provides links to helpful resources.
• Effective Health Care Program (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)
Offers information to help the patient make better treatment choices.
• Health Information Privacy (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, deals with health insurance coverage for familes when job changes occur, and privacy of the patient's medical information.
• Patient Safety (healthelinks)
Modern medical care is complex, which leads to mistakes in medication, diagnosis, surgery,
and other aspects of care. Reducing these medical errors has become a major goal of many
health care organizations. The links on the Patient Safety page present steps you can take
to help prevent mistakes when filling a prescription, going to the hospital, and other
• Preparing for a Doctor's Visit (Merck & Co., Inc.)
This site has a brochure to help you make the most of your annual visit to the doctor, a list of key questions for women to ask their doctors, answers to frequently asked questions, and other resources to help you take charge of your health.
• Symptom checkers (e-Health Library)
These sites are intended to help you prepare for a visit to your health care professional by helping you know what questions you should ask
• Talking with your Doctor: A guide for older people (National Institute on Aging)
A guide to choosing a Doctor, preparing for an appointment, and communicating effectively with your health care provider.