Hospitals and health systems across the country are working to improve patient safety and eliminate systematic errors in healthcare. An educated patient is still the safest type of patient, however. To help advocate for yourself or someone you love in a medical environment, the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) suggests that you pose the following questions to healthcare providers when appropriate — both to educate yourself, and to help ensure that you receive the right care at the right time:
"If you received a new prescription, ask:
If your clinician ordered medical tests, ask:
If you received a new diagnosis, ask:
If youre considering treatment options, ask:
If your physician recommends surgery, ask:
If you are choosing a health plan, ask:
If youre choosing a clinician, ask:
Previously on the DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog, we have posted articles related to:
A guide to evaluating the trustworthiness of medical websites
A study indicating that poor teamwork and poor judgment cause most medical errors
Ten patient safety tips for hospitals
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