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Advice Columns from Dr. Carolyn Clancy

Carolyn Clancy, M.D., Director, AHRQ

AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy, M.D., has prepared brief, easy-to-understand advice columns for consumers to help navigate the health care system. They will address important issues such as how to recognize high-quality health care, how to be an informed health care consumer, and how to choose a hospital, doctor, and health plan. Check back regularly for new columns.

Dr. Clancy, a general internist and researcher, is an expert in engaging consumers in their health care.

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Date   Title
10/2/12 Teamwork a Key Feature of Patient Safety Improvement Program
9/4/12 Helping You Avoid Return Trips to the Hospital
8/7/12 Get Up-to-Date on Shots Before Summer Ends
7/10/12 Revealing Medical Errors Helps Chicago Hospitals Build a Safer Health System
6/5/12 Avoid Broken Bones: Learn About Low Bone Density
5/1/12 One Step Forward on Quality Improvement, One Step Back on Access
4/3/12 Consumers Learning To Recognize High-Value Health Care Providers
3/6/12 New Processes Can Help Hospitals Spot—and Stop—Drug Errors
2/7/12 Million Hearts Campaign Aims to Lower Risk, Improve Care
12/6/11 Tools Help You Choose a Good Nursing Home
11/1/11 How to Get a Good Value When Choosing a Health Plan
10/4/11 New Initiative Urges Better Communication between Clinicians and Patients
9/6/11 Research on Women's Health Issues Informs Treatment Choices
8/2/11 Why You Need to Explore Your Treatment Options
7/5/11 Resources to Help You Be a Better Caregiver
6/7/11 New Public Service Campaign Urges Hispanics To Talk With Their Doctor
5/3/11 Safety Culture Creates Better Care for Patients
4/5/11 Health IT Tools Help with Care and Costs
3/1/11 What You Can Do To Prevent A Fall
2/1/11 Focus on Heart Health
1/4/11 Your Options for Treating Rotator Cuff Tears
12/7/10 Don't Let Medicines Cause Harm
11/2/10 Quitting Smoking: You Can Do It
10/5/10 Focus on Obesity
9/7/10 Improving Your Health Literacy
8/3/10 Treating High Cholesterol
7/6/10 Why It's Wise to Use a Health Advocate
6/1/10 How to Avoid the Round-Trip Visit to the Hospital
5/4/10 Healthcare-Associated Infections: They Can Happen to You
4/6/10 Same-Day Surgery: What You Should Know
3/2/10 Comparing Blood Pressure Medicines
2/2/10 Comparing Diabetes Drugs
1/5/10 Comparing Medical Treatments for Antidepressants
11/3/09 Does Your Hospital Do A Good Job?
10/6/09 Open Enrollment: What To Consider When Choosing a Health Plan
9/15/09 What You Need To Know about Blood Thinner Pills
9/1/09 How to Make an Emergency Department Visit a Safe One
8/18/09 Personalized Medicine's Frontier Is Coming Into View
8/4/09 An Aspirin a Day? The Answer is Different for Men and Women
7/21/09 Hospital Advisory Councils Get Patients' View on Safer Health Care
7/7/09 Talking About End-of-life Treatment Decisions
6/16/09 Keeping Track of Your Health Information
6/2/09 New Reports Show Weak Progress on Health Quality
5/19/09 Coordinating Your Care with a Medical Home
5/5/09 Asking Questions to Get the Care You Need
4/21/09 Off-Label Drugs: What You Need to Know
4/7/09 Comparative Effectiveness Research: What It Means for You
3/17/09 How To Complain—And Get Heard
3/3/09 How Tired Is Your Doctor?
2/17/09 New Web Tool Helps You Choose a Nursing Home
2/3/09 How to Choose Long-Term Care Services
1/21/09 New Hope for Chronic Disease Management
1/6/09 Ready to Lose Weight in the New Year? Experts Offer Guidance for Adults and Children
12/16/08 Better Information Helps Patients When They Leave the Hospital
12/2/08 Online Tools Help Patients Find Good Health Information
11/18/08 Guides Help Patients Find Their Best Treatment Options
11/5/08 Keeping Healthy When the Economy Is Not
10/21/08 Payment Change Puts Spotlight on Preventing Hospital Errors
10/7/08 Checklist Helps Men Keep on Track to Good Health
9/16/08 Checklist Helps Women Give Equal Time to Their Health Needs
9/2/08 Helpful Steps To Take After You Get a Diagnosis
8/19/08 How To Use Hospital Emergency Rooms Wisely
8/5/08 Checklists Help Men and Women Stay Healthy at 50-Plus
7/15/08 Tips To Help You Find a Good Doctor
7/1/08 Simple Steps Can Reduce Health Care-Associated Infections
6/17/08 Do Your Homework Before You Choose A Hospital
6/3/08 Smart Choices: How to Choose a Health Plan That's Right for You
5/20/08 What's Your Health Literacy Score?
5/6/08 Real Men Wear Gowns—And Help Their Health
4/15/08 Superhéroes TV and Radio Ads Encourage Hispanics to Get Involved in Their Own Health Care
4/1/08 Your Experience in the Hospital and Why it Matters
3/18/08 Balancing Treatment Advice: Benefits, Risks, and Personal Choice
3/4/08 Big Strides, not Small Steps, Needed to Boost Health Care Quality
2/19/08 Busting Myths About Health Care Quality
2/5/08 Asking Questions About Medical Tests
1/16/08 What to Ask Before Surgery
1/2/08 Tips for Taking Medicines Safely
12/18/07 Where Medical Errors Occur and Steps You Can Take to Avoid Them
12/4/07 Facing the Facts—Get Involved to Get Better Care
11/20/07 Health Care Quality: Take A Closer Look
10/30/07 Becoming an Involved Health Care Consumer
10/16/07 Recognizing High-Quality Health Care

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Navigating the Health Care System: Advice Columns from Dr. Carolyn Clancy. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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