Participate in Your Treatment
Resources | Advice and Links to trusted health information
|Managing Your Medications|
Here are several resources and websites for understanding your medications, avoiding adverse drug interactions and advice for remembering to take medication as prescribed.
|Handling Treatment Side Effects|
Resources to help you identify potential side effects from treatment, understand what to do in case of a disturbing side effect and online guides for learning more.
Prepared Patient Voices | In-depth features with insights from doctors, health care experts and patients
|When Pain Doesn't End|
Chronic pain is one of the most difficult--and common--medical conditions. Estimated to affect 76 million Americans, it accompanies illnesses and injuries ranging from cancer to various forms of arthritis, multiple sclerosis and physical trauma.
|Cutting Through ICU Confusion|
Every year more than 5 million people in the United States spend time in intensive care units for acute injuries or life-threatening illnesses. For patients, family members and friends, the ICU experience is often emotional and confusing.
|Reducing Your Risk of Medical Errors|
Recovering from a knee replacement is difficult under the best of circumstances, but for Herminia Briones, the year following her surgery was filled with unexpected pain, complications and confusion. Her repeated attempts to draw attention to her problems went unheeded, beginning an unfortunate and not uncommon struggle with medical error. Why do medical errors happen and how can you help protect yourself from harm?
|Getting the Right Help for Acute Pain|
Receiving prompt and helpful treatment for acute pain can make all the difference in the world. But lack of care or inadequate care means that the acute pain may develop into chronic agony.
|Side Effects: When Silence Isn't Golden|
Most treatments have some sort of side effect associated with them, and many of us may wonder if side effects are simply the price we must pay for a necessary treatment. But side effects shouldn't be taken lightly, for a number of reasons.
|On Your Own With Multiple Meds|
People with chronic illness often struggle to manage several prescribed drugs at a time and trying to figure out which drug is which, or when to take what.
|How to Make the Most of Your Doctor Visit|
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.