Smart Patient Guide
 
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) maintains this site with information on preventing medical errors during hospital stays and with medical tests, getting quality care, avoiding health care associated infections, taking medicines safely, how to complain effectively, and other very important information. You'll also find links to choosing a doctor, hospital, health care plan, and so much more.
 
A wealth of information is offered, including "Understanding Your Medical Bills", "Resources for Affordable Prescription Medicine" several links on "working with your doctor", "Understanding Medicare Part D", "Prescriptions and Insurance Plans" and an extensive section on "End-of-Life Issues" including "Advance Directives", "Hospice Care", and "Grieving".
 
A handy list you can print out and take with you to your doctor's appointment with important questions to ask about your diagnosis, medical tests, treatment, surgery options, and prescriptions.  There are also some basic questions on choosing a health plan, provider, hospital or long term care. Although this document has been archived by AHRQ, it still contains good information.
 
This is an updated site from AHRQ. In addition to a list of questions, this site guides you on creating your own questions in preparation for your doctor's appointment. The site also has videos from both doctors and patients about the benefits of asking questions.
 
This document was produced by AHRQ and gives basic information on learning the benefits and risks of a procedures, anesthesia, and ensuring your surgery is safe.
 
A listing of valuable resources and links to help you make sure your safety is maintained when you need to seek medical care. Compiled by the Health Information Library Network of Northeastern Pennsylvania (HILNNEP).
 
This database from the National Library of Medicine contains easy-to-read summaries of clinical effectiveness research for consumers. this resarch is based on evidence-based medicine.

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Additional Resources
 
"The Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare".
 
A very useful website that offers a number of tools that allow you to compare Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, Health Plan Options, or Nursing Homes.  You can also find out what Medicare covers and if you are eligible and what military retiree Medicare benefits are.  A list of providers and centers are also given.

 
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Disclaimer:  The information contained at this website is not intended to replace the care of a primary care physician, specialist, or other professional health care provider.  It is intended solely to complement  that care and is for general informational purposes only.  Any health information found on the Internet should always be discussed with your health care provider.
 
This page is maintained by the library staff of  Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, a member of the Health Information Library Network of Northeastern Pennsylvania (HILNNEP). 
Last updated: May 24, 2013