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Press Release Date: October 11, 2005
HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) today released a new publication, Next Steps After Your Diagnosis: Finding Information and Support, to help patients who have been diagnosed with an illness learn more about their condition and treatment options.
"Receiving a difficult diagnosis can often be confusing and overwhelming, especially when you face a serious medical condition," said AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M. D. "The purpose of this brochure is to help patients find resources they need to participate as active partners in their own health care."
Included in this brochure is a list of 10 important questions to ask your doctor when you receive a diagnosis. The questions are designed to help individuals understand their disease or condition, how it might be treated, and what they need to know before making treatment decisions. Selected organizations and other resources, such as Web site addresses and phone numbers, are also included to help provide additional information on current medical research, clinical trials, and outcomes research about certain conditions and treatment options.
This publication is part of a series of health care resources that will help patients make informed decisions about how to receive quality health care. This brochure aims to assist patients, not only in finding information and resources, but with the various physical and emotional aspects of dealing with a diagnosis.
This brochure can be found online at http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/diaginfo.htm. Free single copies of Next Steps After Your Diagnosis: Finding Information and Support are available by calling the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at (800) 358-9295 or by sending an E-mail to AHRQPubs@ahrq.hhs.gov.
For more information, please contact AHRQ Public Affairs: (301) 427-1244 or (301) 427-1245.