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AHRQ publishes Spanish-language guide to getting better quality health care

A free Spanish-language booklet is now available from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. It presents advice on what the average person can do to avoid medical errors and increase his or her likelihood of receiving good quality medical care.

Mejorando la calidad de la atención médica includes a series of tips to help the reader find high-quality health plans, physicians, and hospitals. It also provides practical advice that will help patients get good health care, such as informing physicians of all the medications and doses they are taking; checking labels of medicines to ensure they are what the doctor prescribed; and asking physicians questions about their care and making sure they understand the answers. AHRQ's new booklet also offers information on how health care quality is measured and how to find out about clinical trials on new medicines and treatments.

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