Podcasts and videos help patients understand comparative effectiveness and ways to compare multiple treatment options.
Healthcare 411 is a free online resource that educates and empowers consumers with evidence-based information. Weekly audio programs feature consumer-friendly health news and information. Subscribers to Healthcare 411 receive relevant and timely information and encouragement to take an active role in their health care. Current podcasts include the following:
Preventing medical errors is a task best shared by health care providers and patients. To help patients understand how to help prevent errors, AHRQ has created five 2-minute videos on Navigating the Health Care System. In these videos, AHRQ Director Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy gives patients advice on and examples of questions to ask about medical tests, surgery, and medicines.
These videos complement Dr. Clancy’s monthly Navigating the Health Care System advice column, available on the AHRQ Web site at http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/cc.htm.
Encourage your members to use our free resources to educate themselves and their patients about patient-centered outcomes research on conditions that affect them. Clinician-specific materials provide more details on the research information and scientific data. Clinicians can also use consumer summaries to help facilitate conversations as part of the treatment decisionmaking process with their patients.
Clinician summaries review research findings on the benefits and harms of different treatment options and rate the strength of evidence of the review’s conclusions. Clinicians can browse these summaries by topic area to find materials related to a specific condition.
Consumer summaries, in both English and Spanish, include easy-to-read information on health conditions and treatment options. Clinicians and health professionals can browse these summaries by topic area to find materials to order for their practice.
In addition to research summaries, research reports and reviews provide a closer look at the extensive scientific research data.
CE/CME activities are available free of charge online for a variety health conditions and methods. All health professionals are welcome to view these educational resources. Continuing education credits are available for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, case managers, and health education specialists. Check back often for new CE/CME activities.
The Effective Health Care Program Slide Library contains PowerPoint presentations for faculty who educate clinicians, researchers, and other health professionals. Each presentation contains slides, talking points, references linked to PubMed, and keywords to find additional slides on a similar topic. Each slide can be viewed and downloaded, or the Slide Library can be searched by keyword to assemble a custom presentation. Clinicians can search for research summaries, research reviews, research reports, CE/CME activities, Webcasts, and other resources by health condition or keyword using an online search. A list of future reports and summaries is available on the upcoming reports and summaries section of the AHRQ Web site.
Webcasts bring together researchers and clinicians to discuss research findings and their impact on future research needs. Recent Webcasts include the following:
AHRQ’s John M. Eisenberg Center for Clinical Decisions and Communications Science convenes scientific meetings for discussing concepts in communication and medical decisionmaking. Experts in health communication, health literacy, shared decisionmaking, and related fields produce scholarly white papers (and stakeholder commentaries) that offer insight into how advances in medical science can be transformed into clinical decisionmaking and improved health communication.
Invite your members to use these free resources as background to inform policy decisions and educate stakeholders.
Summaries of research findings for policymakers can help support policy decisionmaking. Clinician and consumer summaries are another useful resource for policymakers to learn about patient-centered outcomes research on a broad range of health topics. Policymakers can identify the materials of interest to them by browsing clinician and consumer summaries by topic.
Policymakers can search for research summaries, research reviews, research reports, and other materials by health condition or keyword using an online search. A list of future reports and materials is on the upcoming research summaries section of the AHRQ Web site.
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