The following list of national and North Carolina resources have been collected to help you be an active partner in your health care.
Glossaries for Patients
We support patient engagement in a variety of ways, including explaining common terms and abbreviations used in healthcare in order to effectively communicate as partners. The links below help in understanding many of the terms and abbreviations used in healthcare
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Website – This list explains acronyms found on the cms.hhs.gov web site and other acronyms that are commonly used. This list is not a legal document.
SUNY Upstate University Hospital Glossary of Medical Terms – The health care field has its own “shorthand.” This website list some of the words and abbreviations frequently used in a hospital setting.
Partnering In Your Health Care
Communicating With Your Provider
AskMe3 – A patient education program designed to promote communication between healthcare providers and patients, in order to improve health outcomes. The site includes presentations, tool kits for professionals and patients, fact sheets, brochures, statistics, logos and guidelines and more.
Patient Involvement – This Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality site offers patient and consumer resources for improving your interaction with your health care provider during visits and in preparation of procedures.
North Carolina Hospitals Healthier Tomorrow – Hear real stories from real people about their caregiver, hospital and health care experience. Share your hospital story, learn about hospital and community resources in your area.
Institute for Patient-Family Centered Care (IPFCC) provides numerous tools and resources to help healthcare providers and patients and their families become better partners in healthcare
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has great resources written specifically to communicate to consumers how they can directly engage in preventing medical errors and improving the safety and quality of healthcare
The Center for Advancing Health provides a list of measurable behaviors relative to patient engagement
The Joint Commission Speak Up Brochure offers many examples of how patients and their families can be actively engaged in preventing infections and improving safe care
The Joint Commission (TJC) has a free newsletter that provides tips for patients to be safe and healthy!
General Resources for Your Safety as a Patient
Preventing Heath Care Associated Infections
Preventing Catheter Associated Urinary Track Infections (CAUTI)
Urinary tract infections: What you need to know to reduce your risk– A patient great resource from Infection Prevention and You
Preparing for Surgery and Preventing Surgical Site Infections
Consumer website “Optimizing Health Before Surgery” – Strong for Surgery has developed tools and resources for patients facing surgery that are available for use.
Preventing Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI)
Preventing Adverse Drug Events
Preventing Injuries from Falls and Immobility
Preventing Pressure Ulcers
Prevention of Obstetrical Complications
Preventing Venous Thromboelism