Patient safety is one of the nation's most pressing health
care challenges. This page includes educational information to
help you receive safer health care from providers in all types
of health care settings. The Web links that follow provide information
on important patient safety subjects, including ways to prevent
medical errors; identify high-quality physicians, hospitals and
nursing homes; patient safety guidelines; and assessment tools.
NCQA's Recognized Physician Directory allows you to identify some physicians in your area who demonstrate a high
level of performance in providing care for specialties.
Agency for Healthcare Research
and Quality (AHRQ) is a division
of the U.S. Health and Human Services Administration, which supports
research designed to improve the quality, safety, efficiency,
and effectiveness of health care for Americans.
How to Talk to Your Doctor or Nurse – Knowing how to talk to your doctor, nurse or other members of your health care team will help you get the information you need.
20 Tips to
Help Prevent Medical Errors - Click on this link
to read a patient fact sheet prepared by AHRQ on understanding
medical errors and simple, practical ways for patients to actively
prevent medical errors.
Tips about Elective Surgery provides a list of tips and questions to ask before elective surgery to help you prepare for your surgical experience and make it as safe and successful as possible.
The Healthcare Cost and Utilization
Project (HCUP) site provides
national and regional information and statistics on hospital
care. HCUP is sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research
and Quality. This site allows you to research hospital utilization,
access, charges, quality and outcomes, and more.
York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Center for Consumer
Health Care Information, Patient Safety Center - This NYS site
has a wide range of information, including patient safety reports,
clinical care guidelines, facts sheets, and quality levels of
specific providers, hospitals, and nursing homes.
New York State Physician
Profile provides detailed information
on a provider including education, specialty, office locations,
languages spoken, hospital affiliations, and any legal actions.
The Joint Commission maintains a Quality Check tool that can be used by consumers
to compare providers or health care facilities to determine whether
they provide the quality of care the patient needs.
Hospital Compare from Why Not the Best?
See how well U.S. hospitals perform on measures of evidence-based care, patient experience, readmission and mortality rates, and costs.