“Taking an Active Role in Your Health Care,” a brochure developed by the California Medical Association, guides patients and their families on how best to prepare for a visit with a physician or stay in a hospital. Following the guidelines in this brochure will help patients to take an active role in their own health care by offering a step-by-step guide.
The guide takes patients from preparing for the office visit, to the appointment, to the follow up. Above all, this brochure counsels patients to make sure they ask questions about any instructions they don’t understand and to make certain the physician knows about overall health history – in their own words as well as those that may be in the file. The guide also discusses how important it is to clarify with a physician the appropriate use and reasons for taking a particular medication. Click here to download brochure.