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Press Release Date: August 9, 2000
The Federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced today a new publication to help Spanish-speaking patients find reliable information about their disease and the benefits and risks of available treatments. The guide, Le han diagnosticado: ¿Qué es lo que sigue? and the English-language version, Now You Have a Diagnosis: What's Next? were developed in cooperation with the Kanter Family Foundation.
AHRQ's director, John M. Eisenberg, M.D., said, "It's important that patients know as much as possible about their diagnosis and understand the benefits and risks of available treatment options. In fact, all Americans would benefit from learning how to locate and use medical information."
Dr. Eisenberg added that organizations such as employers and health insurance companies would benefit by making the guides available to their members. The guide also explains the different types of health care studies and what research can reveal about treatments; how to get support from others and how to work with one's physician to develop a treatment plan.
To order copies of Le han diagnosticado: ¿Qué es lo que sigue? (AHRQ Publication No. 00-0038) or to inquire about reprinting it, contact the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 8547, Silver Spring, MD 20907 Tel: 800-358-9295.
For more information, contact: AHRQ Public Affairs, (301) 427-1364: Bob Isquith, (301) 427-1539 RIsquith@ahrq.gov.