PREPARED PATIENT BLOG

Patients and experts explore what it takes to find good health care and make the most of it.

The Center for Advancing Health’s Be a Prepared Patient resources are designed to help you find good health care and  make the most of it. CFAH creates, reviews and collects these websites, blogs, patient stories and resources to help people benefit fully from their health care.


Getting Help for Depression

Be a Prepared Patient | February 20, 2014
Depression affects nearly one in ten Americans yet many people often go untreated. In fact, a recent study found that 70 percent of people surveyed with symptoms of depression received no treatment of any kind. Here's advice on how to get help...

Advice for People New to Health Insurance (Part 8): Who's Who In Your Doctor's Office

Be a Prepared Patient | January 2, 2014
In the eighth and final part of our series, we explain who the various people are in your doctor's office, from nurse practitioners to lab technicians. Knowing their different roles can make your visit go more smoothly...

Advice for People New to Health Insurance (Part 7): Get the Most Out of Your Appointment

Be a Prepared Patient | January 1, 2014
In part seven of our series, we offer advice about how to make the most of your doctor's appointment. Here's what you should do before, during and after your visit...

Advice for People New to Health Insurance (Part 6): 10 Steps to Making a Doctor's Appointment

Be a Prepared Patient | December 31, 2013
In part six of our series, you'll find out what key pieces of information you need to know about your new doctor's office. Keep it handy with your personal health records or household files...

Advice for People New to Health Insurance (Part 5): Do You Need a Yearly Checkup?

Be a Prepared Patient | December 30, 2013
In part five of our series, we look at the yearly check-up and offer resources for people who are trying to decide which preventive care services are right for them...

Sharing Medical Data Mostly Up to Patients

Be a Prepared Patient | October 29, 2013
Sharing a funny article is as simple as copying everyone on an email or clicking the "share" button on a website. But sharing the results of your medical tests with multiple physicians is rarely so easy. Our resource "Sharing Medical Information with Multiple Doctors" can help.

Going Online for Caregiving Help

Be a Prepared Patient | October 7, 2013
"You don't get a manual when you become a family caregiver," says Constance Adampoulos. CFAH's latest feature offers advice, practical tips and links to expert online resources to help people manage caregiving's challenges...

Paying for and Managing Your Medications

Be a Prepared Patient | September 17, 2013
What people pay for medicine can vary widely. And a recent study found that 20% of Americans take five or more prescription medications. These 'Be a Prepared Patient' resources can help people pay for and manage their medications.

Finding Health Information You Can Trust

Be a Prepared Patient | September 3, 2013
A survey conducted in September 2012 by the Pew Research Center found that 72 percent of Americans had used the Internet in the past year to look for health information. Most of those people begin their search within a search engine like Google and end up with thousands of results. The hard part is figuring out which websites provide up-to-date and credible information.