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Video on Tips for Taking Medicines Safely

This video Web program features information from AHRQ to help consumers take medicines safely. It's based on the latest evidence-based information from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and was produced with Healthology.

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There were nearly a quarter of a million preventable medication errors in 2004, according to the latest available figures from the U.S. Pharmacopeia. Such errors include taking the wrong medicine, the wrong dose, or a medicine that causes an adverse interaction with another medicine.

The Web program features information from AHRQ to help consumers take medicines safely, and is based on Check Your Medicines: Tips for Taking Medicines Safely.

Tips include:

  • Bring a list or a bag with all your medicines when you go to your doctor's office, the pharmacy, or the hospital.
  • Ask questions about your medicines.
  • Make sure your medicine is what the doctor ordered.
  • Ask how to use the medicine correctly.
  • Ask about possible side effects.

The following experts are featured:

  • Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., Director of AHRQ.
  • Christine Kovner, R.N., Ph.D., Professor at the College of Nursing, New York University.
  • Gregg S. Meyer, M.D., M.Sc., Medical Director, Massachusetts General Physician Organization.
  • David Bates, M.D., Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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Processor: 667 MHz Intel® Pentium® III processor or equivalent
Memory (RAM): 128 MB of RAM
Screen Resolution: 800 x 600
Color: 16-bit
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Operating Systems: Windows® XP, Windows® 2000, Windows® 98, Windows NT® 4.0, Mac® OS X

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Current as of March 2007

Internet Citation:

Video on Tips for Taking Medicines Safely. March 2007. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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