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.

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

“Questions are the Answer” features a website — www.ahrq.gov/questions — 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.

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Scott K. Johnson

Patient voice, speaker, writer, advocate. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. Patient Success Manager, USA for mySugr (All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent the position of my employer).

Diagnosed in April of 1980, I recognize the incredible mental struggle of living with diabetes. Read more…