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Engaging Patients and Families in Care

Tools to Engage Patients in Their Health Care

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality provides multiple resources for health care professionals to help them educate and involve patients and their families and care givers in care delivery. Click on the links below to access and download these free materials!

  • A systematic method to evaluate and compare the understandability and actionability of patient education materials. This tool is designed as a guide to help determine whether patients will be able to understand and act on information given to them by their health care provider. Separate tools are available for use with print and audiovisual materials.

  • This guide will help primary care practices partner with patients and their families to improve patient safety. The guide offers strategies to improve visit efficiency, encourage safe medication practices, improve communication and health literacy, and support closed-loop and collaborative communication.

Engaging Patients and Families in Their Health Care in Various Settings

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