Doctors, nurses and other health professionals dedicate their lives to taking care of patients. But providing health care involves many steps and many players. Think About It Colorado encourages health care consumers to take an active role in their health care team by being informed, asking questions and having the information your provider needs to ensure a healthy outcome.
Infection Prevention and You
This national campaign encourages patients and providers and be more aware of ways to prevention infection in healthcare settings, types of common infections and tips to speak up.
- Five Steps to Safer Health Care: Patient Fact Sheet
This national campaign urges patients to take a role in preventing health care errors by becoming active, involved and informed participants on the health care team. The program features brochures, posters and buttons on a variety of patient safety topics.
- Patient Safety: Ten Things You Can Do to Be a Safe Patient
- Get Involved: Tips from the Veterans Administration
- Get Wise to Wrist Bands
Choosely Wisely: Patient-Friendly Resources
United States specialty societies representing more than 500,000 physicians developed lists of Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question in recognition of the importance of physician and patient conversations to improve care and eliminate unnecessary tests and procedures.
Create a list of questions that you can take with you whether you are getting a checkup, talking about a problem or health condition, getting a prescription, or discussing a medical test or surgery. Whatever the reason for your visit, it is important to be prepared.