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.
Got a new prescription? Here are some tips for managing your new medication.
Vitamins, herbs and other dietary supplements are sold as natural alternatives to pharmaceuticals and many people turn to them in an attempt to improve their health.
Choosing a doctor and building a relationship with him or her is an important first step to getting and staying healthy.
Here's advice on how to locate a new physician to make sure you get care that fits your needs.
Doctors run tests to check your health or to figure out what’s wrong. Here are some basic questions you should ask about medical tests.
Is it OK to seek a second (or a third, or a fourth) opinion on your diagnosis? Many people feel uncomfortable with the idea that they are questioning the authority or expertise of their physician.
If you expect to miss work due to your or a loved one’s illness, here’s what to tell your employer.
How to get a copy of your medical records for your personal files and for your doctors.
Whether you have a preexisting condition or not, are new to shopping for insurance or trying to figure out what coverage you do have, there are resources to help with this often complicated but important purchase.
We've all heard about well-baby visits, but if you're a healthy adult, you probably have no plan to see a doctor. When there's nothing to complain about, many of us go years without a comprehensive medical check-up.
It’s important to make your wishes known to your family and doctors regarding treatment at the end-of-life. Here are resources to help you have this conversation.
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