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You can help prevent medical errors by being an active member of your health care team. Research shows that patients who are more involved with their care tend to get better results. To reduce the risk of medical errors, you can

  • Ask questions if you have doubts or concerns. Take a relative or friend to your doctor appointment to help you ask questions and understand answers.
  • Make sure you understand what will happen if you need surgery
  • Tell your health care providers about all the medicines you take, including over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements. Tell them if you have any allergies or bad reactions to anesthesia. Make sure you know how to take your medications correctly.
  • Get a second opinion about treatment options
  • Keep a copy of your own health history

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

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  • (American Academy of Family Physicians) Also in
  • (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

Related Issues

  • (Joint Commission)

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  • (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
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  • (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

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  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)
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