Did You Know?
“If I had only known then what I know now.”
Dealing with health issues is one of life’s most complicated challenges, and, the fact is, we have not been trained for this. Until now, it’s been “learn as you go.”
- Did you know you can actually get more from your medical care by doing a better job as a patient?
- Did you know that communicating well with your doctors can help avoid problems, make you healthier and reduce unnecessary tests and hospitalizations?
Studies have recently proven what patients and caregivers have known for a long time.
The blur of medical information, appointments, tests, procedures, medications, and a staggering amount of paperwork and bills can be overwhelming. This can take a toll on patients and the quality of their medical care. You can improve your own situation by becoming better informed and more involved.
Recent Studies Have Shown:
- 78% of patients do not understand their instructions for care after leaving the emergency room; yet only 20% recognize that they had difficulties understanding information given to them.1 This means 58% of these people thought they understood what they had been told, but in reality, they did not.
- Over 50% of Americans report they do not always take their medications as directed.2 Numerous studies have shown that taking medicine incorrectly, or skipping doses, can have serious consequences including death.
- Thousands of Americans go through redundant or unnecessary medical tests – many are even hospitalized unnecessarily.
- Patients less involved in their care are more likely to:
- be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge.
- experience a medical error in diagnosis or treatment plans.
- have poor care coordination and communication among their providers.3
- Studies have shown that patients who are more fully involved in their medical care have better experiences, increased access to care and fewer complications.4
Now, everyone can help themselves get more from their medical care. Let ZaggoCare show you how.
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1Patient Comprehension of Emergency Department Care and Instructions: Are Patients Aware of When They Do Not Understand? Annals of Emergency Medicine, VOL 53, Issue 4. 454-461. Kirsten Engel, M.D.
2World Health Organization. Adherence to Long-term Therapies: Evidence for Action. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2003.
3Chronic Care: A Call to Action for Health Reform. AARP Public Policy Institute, 2009.
4How Much Do Health Literacy and Patient Activation Contribute to Older Adults’ Ability to Manage Their Health? AARP Public Policy Institute, 2005.