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Advice Columns from Dr. Carolyn Clancy

Carolyn Clancy, M.D., Director, AHRQ

AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy, M.D., has prepared brief, easy-to-understand advice columns for consumers to help navigate the health care system. They will address important issues such as how to recognize high-quality health care, how to be an informed health care consumer, and how to choose a hospital, doctor, and health plan.  Check back regularly for new columns.

Dr. Clancy, a general internist and researcher, is an expert in engaging consumers in their health care.

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Date   Title
9/2/08 Helpful Steps To Take After You Get a Diagnosis
8/19/08 How To Use Hospital Emergency Rooms Wisely
8/5/08 Checklists Help Men and Women Stay Healthy at 50-Plus
7/15/08 Tips To Help You Find a Good Doctor
7/1/08 Simple Steps Can Reduce Health Care-Associated Infections
6/17/08 Do Your Homework Before You Choose A Hospital
6/3/08 Smart Choices: How to Choose a Health Plan That's Right for You
5/20/08 What's Your Health Literacy Score?
5/6/08 Real Men Wear Gowns—And Help Their Health
4/15/08 Superhéroes TV and Radio Ads Encourage Hispanics to Get Involved in Their Own Health Care
4/1/08 Your Experience in the Hospital and Why it Matters
3/18/08 Balancing Treatment Advice: Benefits, Risks, and Personal Choice
3/4/08 Big Strides, not Small Steps, Needed to Boost Health Care Quality
2/19/08 Busting Myths About Health Care Quality
2/5/08 Asking Questions About Medical Tests
1/16/08 What to Ask Before Surgery
1/2/08 Tips for Taking Medicines Safely
12/18/07 Where Medical Errors Occur and Steps You Can Take to Avoid Them
12/4/07 Facing the Facts—Get Involved to Get Better Care
11/20/07 Health Care Quality: Take A Closer Look
10/30/07 Becoming an Involved Health Care Consumer
10/16/07 Recognizing High-Quality Health Care

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Navigating the Health Care System: Advice Columns from Dr. Carolyn Clancy. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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