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HowsYourHealth Online Screening Tool


The HowsYourHealth Web site gives consumers evidence-based, user-friendly health information to help them become more actively involved in preventing and managing their health care problems. Patients are encouraged to complete a free, confidential, noncommercial, 10-minute survey. After completing the survey, patients are given a summary action form, which provides a snapshot of the individual and his/her situation. It includes information about problems, needs, concerns, health safety practices, medical conditions, family environment, and use of and access to doctors. Patients also have the option to download their own portable health record. The survey is also available in Spanish.

The site also includes helpful methods and tools for problem solving, planning care, suggested resources and Web sites, and a questionnaire to provide individuals who are very sick or frail with a snapshot of the individual and his/her situation to help communicate needs and desires.
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Dartmouth Medical School

Funding Sources

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; The Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation; Commonwealth Fund; John A. Hartford Foundation; W.T. Grant Foundation

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  • Release Date: 04/2004
  • Original Summary: 08/2008
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Last updated: September 01, 2008.