Navigating the Health Care System

Advice Columns from Dr. Carolyn Clancy

Former AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy, M.D., prepared brief, easy-to-understand advice columns for consumers to help navigate the health care system. They address important issues such as how to recognize high-quality health care, how to be an informed health care consumer, and how to choose a hospital, doctor, and health plan.

Patients who are involved in their health care get better quality care and better results. These videos on Navigating the Health Care System feature Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Director Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., encouraging patients to ask questions of their doctor, nurse or pharmacist and to speak up if they have concerns about medications, tests, or procedures.

Background

Preventing medical errors is a task best shared by care providers and patients. To help patients understand their role in preventing errors, AHRQ has created five 2-minute videos in English on Navigating the Health Care System. In these videos, AHRQ Director Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., gives patients advice on and examples of questions they should ask about their medical tests, surgery, and medicines so they can avoid medical errors. These videos complement Dr. Clancy's monthly Navigating the Health Care System advice column, which is available on the AHRQ Web site.

Viewing the Videos

You may watch any of the five health columns on your computer.

Additional Resources

Current as of May 2010
Internet Citation: Video Advice Columns from Dr. Carolyn Clancy. May 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/columns/navigating-the-health-care-system/video.html