Ever wish there were more hours in the day? Especially when it comes to having discussions with your patients about treatment options for a condition?
Every minute with your patient counts. Maximize your time and effectiveness with reliable tools from AHRQ that support evidence-based medicine.
To help facilitate the discussions with your patients about treatment options, the AHRQ Effective Health Care (EHC) Program has included talking points in all of our clinician research summaries
For example, the ‘What To Discuss With Your Patients’ section of the Effectiveness of Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring in Adults With Hypertension
clinician summary suggests you discuss:
- The importance of effectively controlling high blood pressure.
- The link between measuring blood pressure and controlling high blood pressure.
- Adherence to strategies aimed at managing hypertension such as lifestyle and dietary modifications and medication.
- How self-measured blood pressure allows patients to participate more actively in managing their blood pressure.
- The types of self-measured blood pressure devices available and how to operate the device selected for the patient.
And, all clinician research summaries have a corresponding patient summary
for use in discussions.
For more information on AHRQ’s EHC Program and how you can stay updated on evidence-based treatment information for you and your patients, visit www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov
The Effective Health Care Program forum is available for nurses to explore and discuss comparative effectiveness research, a type of patient-centered outcomes research that provides evidence-based information to help nurses and patients work together to make informed decisions about treatment options.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. Comments from anyone outside of AHRQ do not imply an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ, or any other Federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Health Resources and Services Administration.