Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital – AHRQ – 2010

Posted on October 15, 2010. Filed under: Health Systems Improvement, Patient Participation | Tags: , , |

Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital – AHRQ – 2010

AHRQ = Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital is a guide for patients to help them care for themselves when they leave the hospital. The easy-to-read guide can be used by both hospital staff and patients during the discharge process and provides a way for patients to track their medication schedules, upcoming medical appointments, and important phone numbers.

About the Guide
Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital is adapted from the Project RED (Re-Engineered Discharge), which was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and operated by the Boston University Medical Center. Project RED showed that preparing patients to care for themselves when they leave the hospital can improve patient safety and reduce re-hospitalization rates. Giving patients an easy-to-understand discharge plan is 1 of 11 elements in the RED process.

More information about Project RED and tools to support some of the other elements of the RED can be obtained [on the website]. 

More detailed tools for implementing RED, and revisions of existing tools to ensure that diverse populations—especially patients with limited English proficiency, are now being developed. The tools will be completed by late 2012 and posted on the AHRQ Web site and the Boston University Medical Center’s Project RED Web site.

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