Questions you can ask to help improve the quality of your care or that of a loved one:
A consumer site that includes a wide variety of information about patient safety such as infections and medical errors. Includes safety checklists and other resources.
Provides information on ten things you can do to be a safe patient:
A doctor-supported website that lists tests and procedures that you may not need.
Resources to help prevent medication errors sponsored by the non-profit Institute for Safe Medication Practices.
A research and policy oriented website that documents the variations in health care nationwide. Sophisticated users will find a wealth of information about how communities and hospitals vary on many measures of performance:http://www.dartmouthatlas.org
A good overview is found on Topic Brief on Effective Care [pdf].
A website that helps you explore your treatment options:
A consumer site that provides a variety of factsheets, checklists and other resources about patient safety and medical decision making.http://www.empoweredpatientcoalition.org/
The "Patients and Families" section of this federal site includes useful information on the basics of health information technology (health IT), types of IT and protecting your privacy and security.
Information from the national organization that reviews quality in the nation's hospitals and other health settings. Site provides guides to choosing health care organizations. Also includes Speak Up resources-a program that has videos and other information about patient safety and patient rights.
Resources about talking to your doctorhttp://www.nih.gov/clearcommunication/talktoyourdoctor.htm
Provides easy-to-use guides to help family caregivers plan and implement health transitions (such as from a hospital to home or hospital to a rehab facility).http://www.nextstepincare.org/
A set of articles and links collected by the non-profit Center for Advancing Health that provides information about being a patient.http://www.cfah.org/prepared-patient/
A site by journalists who work in the public interest. Provides a variety of stories, tools and access to an online community of patients and others who have experienced patient harm or are interested in the topic.http://www.propublica.org/series/patient-safety
Includes consumer friendly information on over 50 topics related to patient safety.http://www.patientsafetypartnership.org/