Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Consumers & Patients
540 Gaither Road
Rockville, MD 20850
This Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) website has evidence-based tips on staying healthy, choosing quality care, getting safe care, understanding diseases, comparing medical treatments, and more. AHRQ is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It supports research that will help people make more informed decisions and improve the quality of health care services.
National Institute on Aging: Hospital Hints
P.O. Box 8057
Gaithersburg, MD 20898
This website includes tips to help you prepare for a hospital stay. It also has information about health care workers in the hospital, hospital care for older patients, and patient rights.
National Patient Safety Foundation
268 Summer Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02210
The National Patient Safety Foundation is an organization dedicated
to improving the safety of patients. The foundation works to raise public
awareness about patient safety and is a resource for people and organizations
who are concerned about the safety of patients.
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