Videos: Questions are the Answer
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People ask more questions when ordering a meal than they do during medical appointments. Ask questions, get answers, and receive better quality care. See video >

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People ask more questions when buying a cell phone than they do during medical appointments. Enhance the quality, safety, and effectiveness of your health care by asking questions. See video >

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Doctors and other clinicians want to provide the best health care they possibly can, but they can't read your mind. See video >

Improve Your Care

Talking with Your Doctor

One key to better health is taking an active role in your health care. We need to be partners in our health care with our physicians. Here are some tips and tools to help you make the most out of your visits to the doctor.

KCQIC consumer-friendly clinical guidelines (clicking will download a PDF):

 

Making the Most of your Medical Appointments (PDF)
(Source: Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation)

Quick Tips for Talking With Your Doctor (PDF)
(Source: Puget Sound Health Alliance)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality >
Learn what questions to ask when you are thinking about a new treatment, surgery or test; picking a new doctor, and more.

Build Your Question List >
An interactive tool to help you develop a list of questions related to your specific health concerns.
(Developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

Women: Stay Healthy at Any Age - Your Checklist for Health (PDF)
Guidelines for what screening tests, shots, and other care that women need and when they need them.
(Developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

Men: Stay Healthy at Any Age - Your Checklist for Health (PDF)
Guidelines for what screening tests, shots, and other care that men need and when they need them.
(Developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)