Tips & Tools
Research shows that patients who have a good relationship with their health care team receive better care and are happier with their care. Patients and families who engage with health care providers ask good questions and help reduce the risk of errors and hospital admissions.
The resources below will help you to prepare for your medical appointments, ask questions, and talk with your doctor and other members of your health care team.
Build your own list of questions, or use our online tools to get the most out of your health care appointment.
|Be More Involved in Your Health Care: Tips for Patients
Patients get better care when they talk with their doctor. This short, easy-to-read brochure gives tips that will help you be prepared before, during, and after medical appointments. Be More Involved in Your Health Care.
For free printed copies, call 1-800-358-9295, Email AHRQpubs@ahrq.hhs.gov, or order online.
|Guide to Patient and Family Engagement in Hospital Quality and Safety
Learn more about patient and family engagement and how hospitals can work as partners with patients and families to improve quality and safety.
Notepads to help patients prioritize their questions for medical visits are available. My Questions for This Visit.
For free printed copies, call 1-800-358-9295 or Email AHRQpubs@ahrq.hhs.gov.
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|20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors
Medical errors can occur anywhere in the health care system and can involve medicines, surgery, diagnosis, equipment, or lab reports. These 20 tips tell what you can do to get safer care.
For free printed copies, call 1-800-358-9295 or email AHRQpubs@ahrq.hhs.gov.
|Waiting Room Video
This 7-minute video features patients and clinicians discussing the importance of asking questions and sharing information. To order a free copy of this video on DVD, call 1-800-358-9295 or Email AHRQpubs@ahrq.hhs.gov.
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Our plain-English glossary helps you make sense of the terms doctors often use.