New guide helps patients take care of themselves after hospital discharge

Research Activities, December 2010, No. 364

AHRQ has a new guide to help prepare patients to take care of themselves at home after they leave the hospital. The guide, Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital, helps patients by suggesting important questions to be asked before leaving such as:

  • Whom do I contact if I have a problem?
  • What is my diagnosis?
  • What medicines have I been prescribed and when should I take them?
  • Which foods should I eat and what exercises should I do? Which should I avoid?
  • When are my next medical appointments, and what should I know about them?
  • What medicines can I safely take for headaches or other health problems?

You can download a copy of the guide at Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital . Print copies of the bilingual guide (English/Spanish) are available by sending an E-mail to ahrqpubs@ahrq.hhs.gov.

Current as of December 2010
Internet Citation: New guide helps patients take care of themselves after hospital discharge: Research Activities, December 2010, No. 364. December 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://archive.ahrq.gov/news/newsletters/research-activities/dec10/1210RA28.html