||Podcast: After a Diagnosis - The Next Steps
Rand: From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, I’m Rand
Gardner with Healthcare 411: Information for better health.
Being told by a doctor that you have a serious health condition can be a very
frightening experience. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has
published a brochure called, "Next Steps After Diagnosis" that can help you talk
to your doctor about options and get the support you need. Dr. Carolyn Clancy
Dr. Clancy: It is highly unusual that you actually have to make a
decision right now. You actually have time to stop and think, to take some
really deep breaths, to actually look for other information, to ask questions
about alternatives, and so forth. That may be the most important message that
people get out of this brochure.
Rand: Copies of the brochure "Next Steps After Diagnosis" are available
on AHRQ’s Web site at
ahrq.gov/consumer. Healthcare 411 is a production of the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services.