Research shows that patients who have a good relationship with their health care team receive better care and are more satisfied. Patients and families who engage with health care providers to ask good questions can help reduce the chance of mistakes, tests that are not needed, and avoidable hospital stays.
The resources below will help you prepare for medical appointments, ask questions, and talk with members of your health care team.
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Do You Know the Right Questions to Ask?
Improve care for yourself and loved ones by taking an active role and asking the right questions.
My Questions for This Visit
Prioritize questions while in the waiting room.
20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors
Learn to prevent medical errors that can occur anywhere in the health care system and can involve medicines, surgery, diagnosis, equipment, or lab reports.
Next Steps After Your Diagnosis
Use this guide to learn more about your condition and how it can be treated.
Guide for Leaving the Hospital
Use this easy-to-read guide to stay safe when leaving the hospital.
Your Medicine: Be Smart. Be Safe. (with wallet card)
Answer common questions about getting and taking medicines and track information with handy forms.
Use this easy-to-read glossary to make sense of healthcare terms.
Questions Are the Answer News Articles
A curated listing of articles published in journals, newspapers, and other media that highlight AHRQ’s Questions Are the Answer initiatives.
Research on Patient-Clinician Communication
A bibliography of articles published in peer-reviewed journals that present evidence on the importance of patient and family engagement in healthcare.