New Spanish-language consumer guides compare treatments for depression, prostate cancer, and other conditions
Spanish speakers who want to know how soon they can expect to feel better when taking an antidepressant, which rheumatoid arthritis drugs work best against pain, or how surgery compares with other options for prostate cancer now can get this and other treatment information through new Spanish-language consumer guides released today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The Agency also released consumer guides in Spanish that compare treatments for high blood pressure, osteoporosis in women after menopause, and renal artery stenosis—a narrowing of the renal artery that supplies blood to the kidneys.
The six Spanish-language guides join three previously published Spanish-language guides on oral medications for type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, and acid reflux disease. AHRQ's recently released 2008 National Healthcare Disparities Report shows that while the quality of health care is slowly improving for the nation as a whole, it is getting worse for Hispanics, especially those who speak little or no English.
The new Spanish-language consumer guides are produced by AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program, the leading Federal effort to conduct comparative effectiveness research. That program, authorized by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, represents an important federal effort to compare alternative treatments for health conditions and make the findings public. The program is intended to help patients, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and others choose the most effective treatments.
To access the online Spanish-language consumer guides, as well as AHRQ's English-language consumer guides and companion guides for clinicians, go to http://www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/. Audio versions of many guides also are available. Print copies of the guides are available from the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse.
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