Questions Are The AnswerWednesday, April 18, 2012
That’s why “Questions are the Answer,” a new public education initiative from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), encourages patients to have more effective two-way communication with their doctors and other clinicians.
“Questions are the Answer” features a website — www.ahrq.gov/questions — providing free educational tools to use with your patients:
– A 7-minute video featuring real-life patients and clinicians who give firsthand accounts on the importance of asking questions and sharing information – this tool is ideal for a patient waiting room area and can be set to run on a continuous loop.
– A brochure, titled “Be More Involved in Your Health Care: Tips for Patients,” that offers helpful suggestions to follow before, during and after a medical visit.
– Notepads to help patients prioritize the top three questions they wish to ask during their medical appointment.
Not a bad initiative – appreciate feedback from anyone who has used or looked at these resources.