A New Way to Promote Patient Safety – Talk to Your Doctor

February 20, 2008

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has posted a video about this novel approach – talk to your doctor. It has certainly become an issue for many patients and physicians in the rushed clinical setting. Time to slow down and really talk. Here are some of the suggestions:

  • What the barriers are to good communication between patient and doctor.
  • What steps you can take to make sure you understand everything your doctor is saying.
  • What questions you should ask your doctor about medical tests, diagnosis, and medicines.
  • How you can ask your doctor about alternative therapies.
  • How you can become more comfortable asking your doctor about sensitive topics.

Besides Carolyn Clancy of the AHRQ, the other two speakers are from AARP and AAFP. Good choices.
This video would be appropriate to link to from any health information or hospital website. Such a simple intervention to try to address patient safety – why didn’t we think of it sooner.

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