Preparing for Your Health Care Experience

To assist you in your search for information, the AHA Resource Center has developed the following list of consumer-oriented health care web sites. Inclusion on this list does not imply a recommendation or endorsement of the information provided, nor constitute any warranty of the accuracy of the information on the web sites.
Provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers. Gives information about a trial’s purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. (National Library of Medicine)

Consumers Tool Kit for Health Care Advance Planning
Tools to use in making advance directives, such as a living will or durable power of attorney for health care. (American Bar Association)

Hospital Hints
Hints for seniors who plan to enter the hospital. (National Institute for Aging)

How and When Do I Talk about Prescriptions?
Checklists of questions to ask when given a new prescription. (National Council on Patient Information and Education)

Medicare Interactive
Source of information about health care rights, options, and benefits. (Medicare Rights Center)

Should I Enter a Clinical Trial?
A Patient Reference Guide for Adults with a Serious or Life-threatening Illness
Identifies the issues that consumers must consider when thinking about entering a clinical trial. (ECRI and the American Association of Health Plans)

Talking with Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People
Offers guidance for older people on how to communicate effectively with their physicians. (National Institute on Aging)

The Patient Care Partnership: Understanding Expectations, Rights, and Responsibilities
Replacing the AHA’s Patients’ Bill of Rights, this brochure helps you understand what you should expect during your hospital stay with regard to your rights and responsibilities. Available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. (AHA)

Understanding Diagnostic Tests
Describes common diagnotic tests that you may experience and explains how to prepare for each test, what happens when the test is performed, what risks are associated, and what you should do after the test is completed. (Harvard Medical School)

When Getting Medical Tests
Information to help you when making decisions about medical tests. (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

When Getting a Prescription
Guidelines for understanding the importance your medication plays in your treatment. (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

When Planning for Surgery
Things to consider and questions to ask before you have a surgical procedure. (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

When Talking with Your Doctor
Tips to help you and your doctor become partners in improving your health care. (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

When You Need an Operation
Identifies issues that you should address when considering surgery. (American College of Surgeons)

Your Relationship with Your Dentist
Guidelines for making the most of your dental experience and communicating effectively with your dentist. (American Dental Association)



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