Be a Prepared Patient can help you make informed decisions about your health and health care. We've gathered a collection of trusted resources, tips and stories from patients, caregivers, and health care experts about finding good care and making the most of it. Be a Prepared Patient accepts no corporate sponsorship, earns no revenue from any links and is completely free of advertising.
Our new, free app AfterShock: Facing a Serious Diagnosis provides a basic roadmap for the first days and weeks after getting a serious diagnosis. The app offers concise information and links to trusted resources to help you regain a bit of control during this turbulent time.
Maintaining healthy habits can be tough. Here are some trusted resources with advice on exercise, nutrition, and managing chronic conditions.
Over the years, the Center for Advancing Health has listened to hundreds of people discuss their experiences with their health and health care. One thing that seems to come up for many people is how hard it can be to find good health care and make the most of it, which includes knowing what to do at a doctor's appointment. We've come up with these tips to help.
The word "management" raises images of organizational charts and neat project timelines. This bears no relationship to my experience of trying to live a full, rich life with serious chronic disease. My image of having a serious chronic disease is of a cowboy riding a rodeo bull. You call that management? No. But it gives you a pretty good idea of what it feels like to have a serious chronic disease. This is our experience...
From high cholesterol to HIV, millions of Americans have a medical condition that they manage mostly on their own. How do you know when it’s time to call in the professionals?
How do we know which search results are true and which ones aren't? While you can find high-quality health information online, search results related to nutrition, fitness and preventive health vary widely in quality. And the actions we take (or don't take) as a result of the information we find can be hazardous...
Want to know more about what vaccinations are recommended for you and your family? Here are some facts about vaccinations, including safety information.
It can be hard to figure out how much your health care will cost ahead of time. Here are some tips for preparing for the cost of your procedures.
If you expect to miss work due to your or a loved one’s illness, here’s what to tell your employer.
Your parents still might be willing to do your laundry, but if you’re over 18, they can’t make your medical decisions. Are you ready to navigate the adult health care system?
The quality of doctors and hospitals varies. Here is information to help you find the right care. More
Learn more about health insurance terms, selecting a plan, and Medicare and Medicaid. Plus, resources for help with paying for prescriptions. More
Advice on how to explain your symptoms, talk to doctors and ask the right questions about tests and prescriptions. More
Tips for doctors' appointments, managing health records and dealing with illness and work. More
Treatment may involve making important decisions. Here's advice on understanding your options, including watchful waiting and getting a second opinion. More
How to manage medical treatments at home, including medications and dealing with side effects. More
Advice on understanding your risk for disease(s) and finding online health information you can trust. More
Advice about physical check-ups, disease screening, dental exams, vaccinations and immunizations. More
Information on healthy lifestyles, improving health habits and help with common concerns, such as weight loss and exercise, pain and depression. More
Information on caregiving, long-term and nursing care, palliative and hospice care and advance directives. More