Questions are the Answer

This PSA resonated with me, so I wanted to help spread the word.

It’s all about being an empowered patient and asking questions, and having a discussion with your doctor about your health.  It’s from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a government agency with a mission to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.

And here is a little blurb from their PA Specialist on how to find more information:

“Questions are the Answer” features a website — — where you  will find these free educational tools to use with your patients:

  • 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.

Clinicians can request a free supply of these materials by calling AHRQ at 1-800-358-9295 or sending an email to[email protected].

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[…] Scott Johnson at Scott’s Diabetes has great information that reminds us that the best patients are also their own advocates. Be an empowered patient: […]

Mike Hoskins

Great post, Scott. Yes, it’s so important that we be our own advocates but it’s great to see someone taking an interest in US as people, not just patients.


Scott, very informative. Very true. So important for us to be our own advocates.

Brad S.

So important. I write my questions down and my endo always takes time to answer them all. She likes the fact that when it comes to my diabetes I am proactive, not prozactive.


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