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The Effective Health Care Program is dedicated to fulfilling the need for reliable and practical data to inform decisions about health care. It does that through high-quality research and by developing information for decisionmakers, including consumers.

Antidepressant Medicines—A Guide for Adults With Depression

Pills for Type 2 Diabetes: A Guide for Adults

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) (En Español)

High Blood Pressure
Comparing Two Kinds of Blood Pressure Pills: ACEIs and ARBs

Choosing Pain Medicine For Osteoarthritis (En Español)

Osteoporosis Treatments That Help Prevent Broken Bones: A Guide for Women After Menopause

Renal Artery Stenosis
Renal Artery Stenosis Treatments

Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis Medicines: A Guide for Adults

Consumer Versions of Clinical Practice Guidelines

Between 1992 and 1996, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (now the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) sponsored development of a series of 19 clinical practice guidelines. Electronic versions of the consumer guidelines listed are available online at the National Library of Medicine. You may download or print these patient guides in sections using your Web browser for personal use only. Requests to further reproduce these documents in print or electronic form should be sent to

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Recovering from Heart Problems through Cardiac Rehabilitation

Pressure Sores
Preventing Pressure Ulcers
Treating Pressure Sores

Other topics in this series are now outdated. However, electronic versions are available for historical and informational purposes in the Clinical Practice Guideline Archive.

Health Plans

Insure Kids Now: Low-Cost or Free Health Coverage
Questions and Answers About Health Insurance: A Consumer Guide


Check Your Medicines: Tips for Using Medicines Safely
Quick Tips—When Getting a Prescription
Women and Medicines: What You Need to Know
Your Guide to Coumadin®/Warfarin Therapy
Your Medicine: Play It Safe

Prevention & Wellness

Men: Stay Healthy at Any Age—Checklist for Your Next Checkup
Men: Stay Healthy at 50+—Checklists for Your Health
Real Men Wear Gowns
Stroke Prevention: What You Should Know
Women: Stay Healthy at Any Age—Checklist for Your Next Checkup
Women: Stay Healthy at 50+—Checklists for Your Health
Your Guide to Preventing and Treating Blood ClotsNew!

Quality of Care

AHRQ Podcast on Health Care Quality
Five Steps to Safer Health Care
20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors
20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors in Children
Be Prepared for Medical Appointments
Communicating with Your Doctor [Video]
Getting Involved for Better Health Care: Interview with Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D.
Guide to Health Care Quality: How to Know It When You See It
Health Care Value: What Are We Getting for What We Spend? [Video]
Improving Health Care Quality: A Guide for Patients and Families
Personal Health Records [Video]
Questions Are the Answer
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Quick Tips—When Getting Medical Tests
Quick Tips—When Talking with Your Doctor
Your Guide to Choosing Quality Health Care: Summary
Ways You Can Help Your Family Prevent Medical Errors!

Quit Smoking

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Help for Smokers and Other Tobacco Users
Quitting Helps You Heal Faster, Hospital Card


Having Surgery? What You Need to Know
Quick Tips—When Planning for Surgery
What You Need To Know About... Episiotomy

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Advice for Consumers: Navigating the Health Care System
Advice from Dr. Carolyn Clancy
Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy, Director, AHRQ
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