New guide helps patients take care of themselves after hospital discharge
AHRQ has a new guide to help prepare patients to take care of themselves at home after they leave the hospital. The guide, Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital, helps patients by suggesting important questions to be asked before leaving such as:
- Whom do I contact if I have a problem?
- What is my diagnosis?
- What medicines have I been prescribed and when should I take them?
- Which foods should I eat and what exercises should I do? Which should I avoid?
- When are my next medical appointments, and what should I know about them?
- What medicines can I safely take for headaches or other health problems?
You can download a copy of the guide at http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/goinghomeguide.htm. Print copies of the bilingual guide (English/Spanish) are available by sending an E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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