Information for Physicians
Educate Your Patients to be Better Partners in Their Care
What does being an “engaged patient” mean? Among other things, engaged patients choose the highest quality hospitals and doctors by doing research and looking at credible websites. They prepare for doctor's visits by writing down questions in advance. And, they aren’t afraid to ask doctors and nurses if they have washed their hands before examining them.
In order to help you spread the word to your patients about the importance of being more engaged, the Partnership has developed tools and resources for you to share.
Research has shown that people who are actively involved in their health care get better care and have better health. Every year, 98,000 people die as a result of medical errors in the United States. By working with their doctors, engaged patients can help reduce preventable medical errors, which are not only dangerous, but also contribute to the high cost of medical care.
Share Our Resources
The Partnership has posters, fact sheets and other resources you can order and distribute to your patients. Topics include medication safety, infection prevention, choosing a doctor and preparing for a doctor’s appointment.
Join Our Physician Advisory Council
If you are interested in working more closely with the Partnership, please consider joining our Physician Advisory Council. This council of 15 physicians helps guide our strategy by working directly with consumers to identify ways to improve patient/physician relationships and thus improve quality of care. If you are interested in the council, please contact us.
Show Our Video to Your Patients
Dr. Bob Klugman from UMass Memorial Medical Center gives consumers simple tips for making the most of their time at the doctor. Please share this video with your patients and encourage them to prepare for their next doctor’s appointment. If you are interested in filming yourself for a patient video, please contact us.
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