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Taking Charge of Your Healthcare: Your Path to Being an Empowered Patient


Health care providers can use this toolkit during hospital discharge to help patients leave the hospital with confidence. It includes the tools and information patients need to make a smooth transition to their next destination.

Elements of the toolkit are:
  • Staying Safe When You Leave the Hospital: A journal-like bifold booklet that guides patients and family members to collect their thoughts and ask the right questions.
  • Talking to Your Doctor or Nurse: A handy list that gives patients and their advocates advice and tips for making the most of their conversations with their doctor or nurse, wherever such conversations occur.
  • The Emotional Side of Healthcare: Six Tips for Talking to Your Doctor: A trifold brochure presenting six strategies for coping with conversations that often feel stressful for patients and families.
  • The Emotional Side of Healthcare: Six Tips for Talking to Your Doctor: A condensed poster version of the brochure that lists the six tips for easy reference.
  • Communicating with Patients and Families for Smooth, Safe Transitions: This short document explains how patients and families often feel during this stressful time, and how health care providers can open lines of communication.
  • Glossary of Terms: Listing of words our patient advisers suggested would be helpful for consumers to help them understand terms that may arise during the transition out of the hospital.


Consumers Advancing Patient Safety

Funding Sources

Consumers Advancing Patient Safety; Sanofi-Aventis

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  • Release Date: 2009
  • Original Summary: 10/2011
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Last updated: November 06, 2013.