Skip Navigation Archive: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services www.hhs.gov
Archive: Agency for Healthcare Research Quality www.ahrq.gov
Archive print banner

Electronic Newsletter

This information is for reference purposes only. It was current when produced and may now be outdated. Archive material is no longer maintained, and some links may not work. Persons with disabilities having difficulty accessing this information should contact us at: https://info.ahrq.gov. Let us know the nature of the problem, the Web address of what you want, and your contact information.

Please go to www.ahrq.gov for current information.

Special Edition—March 7, 2007, Issue No. 222


AHRQ News and Numbers

Mistakes involving medicines are among the most common types of medical mistakes: an estimated 1.5 million medication errors happen every year in settings ranging from hospitals to doctors' offices to nursing homes to pharmacies. [Source: Institute of Medicine, Preventing Medication Errors, 2006].

Today's Headlines:

1. AHRQ and Ad Council Encourage Patients to Ask Questions and Get More Involved With Their Health Care
2. Campaign TV and Radio Ads
3. Question Builder
4. Radio Story About Asking Questions Available Through AHRQ's Healthcare 411


1. AHRQ and Ad Council Encourage Patients to Ask Questions and Get More Involved With Their Health Care

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) joined with The Advertising Council today to launch a national public service campaign designed to encourage adults to take a more proactive role in their health care. The new "Questions Are the Answer: Get More Involved With Your Health Care" campaign aims to encourage all patients and caregivers to get more involved with their health care by asking questions. The campaign is being launched during national Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 4-10, 2007). Select to access our press release about the campaign.

2. Campaign TV and Radio Ads

The campaign includes new television, radio, and print ads and a comprehensive Web site. Patients also may call a toll-free number, (1-800-931-AHRQ) to obtain tips on how to help prevent medical mistakes and become a partners in their health care.

3. Question Builder

The Web site also features an interactive "Question Builder" that allows consumers to generate a customized list of questions for their health care providers that they can bring to each medical appointment. Patients can choose from a list of 10 key questions that they can take when they visit their clinicians, or they can create personalized lists from more than 70 questions.

4. Radio Story About Asking Questions Available Through AHRQ's Healthcare 411

In addition, AHRQ produced an audio story about the importance of asking questions to help reduce medical mistakes. The 2-minute program features a 90-second story with quotes from AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., plus a 30-second PSA created for AHRQ by the Ad Council. Select to access the 2-minute audio program. Select to access the program transcript.

If you are a new subscriber or would like to reference information in a previous issue, an archive of this newsletter can be found on AHRQ's Web site at http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsletters/e-newsletter/index.html.

Contact Information

Please address comments and questions to Nancy Comfort at Nancy.Comfort@ahrq.hhs.gov or (301) 427-1866.

Current as of March 2007

 

The information on this page is archived and provided for reference purposes only.

 

AHRQ Advancing Excellence in Health Care