The Cochrane Consumer Network exists to support health care users, their parents and carers learn about evidence-based healthcare. It encourages consumers throughout the world to give their perspectives and help set priorities for health care.
Get more involved with your health care by asking questions, talking to your clinician, and understanding your condition. Patients and families who engage with health care providers ask good questions and help reduce the risk of errors and hospital admissions. Browse these resources to get started.
PubMed Health provides information for consumers and clinicians on prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions. PubMed Health specializes in reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with easy-to-read summaries for consumers as well as full technical reports. Clinical effectiveness research finds answers to the question “What works?” in medical and health care.
This website provides information for making a Smart Choice for Health Insurance. Choosing health insurance is confusing. Consumers want to know how to make a good choice for themselves or their families. Educators want to help consumers learn.
Ask Me 3 is a patient education program designed to improve communication between patients and health care providers, encourage patients to become active members of their health care team, and promote improved health outcomes.
You may also think that being a “good” patient means doing what your doctor tells you. But the truth is, staying quiet is not a good idea. By asking questions and understanding your treatment options, you can share in making decisions with your doctor and receive the best possible care.
When you leave the hospital, there are a lot of things you need to do to take care of yourself. You need to see your doctor, take your medicines, exercise, eat healthy foods, and know whom to call with questions or problems. This guide helps you keep track of all the things you need to do.