AHRQ releases tool to help Spanish-speaking consumers reduce medication errors
Three out of four Americans aren't following their doctor's advice when it comes to taking prescription medication, according to U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin. As a group, Hispanics tend to rely on friends and coworkers for advice before turning to the expertise of medical professionals. AHRQ has released a new guide and medication tracking tool in Spanish, Su medicamento: Infórmese. Evite riesgos. (Your Medicine: Be Smart. Be Safe.), to help patients take medicines safely.
Su medicamento: Infórmese. Evite riesgos is a guide that includes a detachable, wallet-size card that can be personalized to help patients keep track of all their medicines, including vitamins and herbal and other dietary supplements. Also available in English, the guide includes questions that patients can ask their doctors about their medications.
You can download a copy of the guide in Spanish at http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/safemedsp/yourmedssp.htm.
To order print copies, contact the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at AHRQPubs@ahrq.hhs.gov or call (800) 358-9295.
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