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Wednesday, February 17, 2010 9:00 AM
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 explains:

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.

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