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Patient Safety Tools and Resources for Consumers


Taking Charge of your Healthcare: Your Path to Being an Empowered Patient


US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Consumer Resources

AHRQ - Do you know the right questions to ask?

AHRQ - Healthcare 411
The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Healthcare 411 news source provides practical health care information, research findings, and data to help consumers, health providers, health insurers, researchers, and policymakers make informed decisions about health care issues.

Ask Me 3: Good Questions for Health

Consumers Advancing Patient Safety

Develop a Family Medical History

Facts & Resources About MRSA

Important Patient Safety Tips [pdf]
Courtesy of Howard County General Hospital

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Joint Commission Consumer Resources

Speak Up:  Learn how to be an advocate

Patient 101:  How to find reliable health information

You:  The Smart Patient

Selecting a Health Care Provider:  Helping you choose guides

National Council for Patient Information and Education

National Patient Safety Foundation

SoS Rx Coalition

World Alliance for Patient Safety

Consumer Reporting

Report a complaint to the Maryland Office of Health Care Quality (electronic or paper reports available)

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Healthcare Information Links

Hospital Compare (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Nursing Home Compare (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Maryland Nursing Home Performance Evaluation Guide - MHCC

Maryland Hospital Performance Evaluation Guide - MHCC

Ambulatory Surgery Facility Consumer Evaluation Guide - MHCC

Perspectives on Patient Safety

In Conversation with...Lucian Leape, MD