More MS news articles for February 2001

Taking an Active Role in Health Care Decisions

AHRQ released a new booklet with practical tips on what people can do to improve the quality of the health care services they receive, including how to avoid medical errors. It focuses on the key health care choices people make, and stresses taking an active role in all decisions made about one's care.

http://www.newswise.com/articles/2001/2/QNTGUIDE.AHC.html

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
1-Feb-01
Wednesday, January 31, 2001

NEW BOOKLET ADVISES TAKING AN ACTIVE ROLE IN HEALTH CARE DECISIONS

In connection with National Wise Health Consumer Month, in February, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) today announced the availability of a new resource with practical tips on what people can do to improve the quality of the health care services they receive, including how to avoid medical errors. Improving Health Care Quality: A Guide for Patients and Families focuses on the key health care choices people typically make, such as choices about doctors, hospitals, and treatments, and stresses taking an active role in not only these decisions, but all of the decisions made about one's care.

Research has shown that people who are more actively involved in their care tend to get better results and feel more satisfied. Among the things that people should do:

This new publication is based on research about the information people want and need when deciding about their care. The material in the booklet is presented in an easy-to-read style, and it also describes other resources available on quality of care. Copies are available free-of-charge by calling the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse, 1-800-358-9295 (410-381-3150 for international calls), or by writing to AHRQ Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 8547, Silver Spring, MD, 20907. In addition, this guide can also be found on the AHRQ Web site by visiting http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/qntlite.

Editor's Note: An audio news release with a quote from Dr. Lisa A. Simpson, a pediatrician and Deputy Director of AHRQ, is available for download from http://www.radiospace.com/ahrqqual.htm.

Contacts:
Howard Holland
(301) 594-0314;
hholland@ahrq.gov

Ally Jenkins
(301) 594-2058;
ajenkins@ahrq.gov