Get Active In Your Care
You can improve your care and the care of your loved ones by taking an active role in your health care, talking to your doctor, and asking questions.
Research shows that patients who have a good relationship with their clinicians receive better care and are happier with the care they receive. Find the tools you need to help you do just that.
5 Important Questions
5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before You Get Any Test, Treatment or Procedure
Some medical tests, treatments, and procedures provide little benefit. And in some cases, they may even cause harm. Talk to your doctor to make sure you end up with the right amount of care — not too much and not too little.
Healthcare Consumer Workshop
Improving your health starts with you. Offered by the Office of Minority Health at Columbus Public Health, this workshop gives you the tools you need to partner with your doctor.
Your instructor will guide you through a workbook that coach you in:
- Keeping your health records.
- Preparing for healthcare visits.
- Talking with your healthcare provider (asking questions and giving information).
- Understanding how to be a full partner in your healthcare.
- Following your treatment plan.
The workshop is free and held at various places around Columbus, such as libraries, senior housing complexes, churches, and recreation centers. For more information, contact the Office of Minority Health (614) 645-1542.
Information to help you talk to your healthcare provider about choosing care that is: supported by evidence that is works, does not duplicate other tests or procedures you have already had, considers the risks, and that is really needed.
Questions are the Answer
Online tools from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that can help you prepare for your medical appointments, lower your chance of having medical errors, and understanding medical tests.
Talking with Your Doctor
MedlinePlus offers tools and links to tools to prepare for health appointments, track your health care, access information in other languages, and more.