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Advice Columns from Dr. Carolyn Clancy

Carolyn Clancy, M.D., has prepared brief, easy-to-understand advice columns for consumers to help navigate the health care system. They address important issues in order to help people become informed health care consumers.
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6/11/2013Not Just the Baby Blues: Screening Can Help Address Postpartum Depression
5/10/2013Hopeful Signs on a Long Road to a Better Health System
4/09/2013Health Law at Three Years Highlights Coverage, Cost, and Quality Improvements
3/05/2013New Primary Care Focus Helps Patients Take Better Care of Themselves
2/05/2013New Tools Help Health Providers Reduce Patients’ Risk of Falls
1/08/2013Make Good on Your Resolution To Quit Smoking
12/14/2012Resources to Help You Stay Healthy in the New Year
11/09/2012Tool Helps Hospital Staff Improve Communications for Patients with Limited English Skills
10/02/2012Teamwork a Key Feature of Patient Safety Improvement Program
9/04/2012Helping You Avoid Return Trips to the Hospital
8/07/2012Get Up-to-Date on Shots Before Summer Ends
7/10/2012Revealing Medical Errors Helps Chicago Hospitals Build a Safer Health System
5/01/2012One Step Forward on Quality Improvement, One Step Back on Access
4/03/2012Consumers Learning To Recognize High-Value Health Care Providers
3/06/2012New Processes Can Help Hospitals Spot - and Stop - Drug Errors
2/07/2012Million Hearts Campaign Aims to Lower Risk, Improve Care
12/06/2011Tools Help You Choose a Good Nursing Home
11/01/2011How to Get a Good Value When Choosing a Health Plan
10/04/2011New Initiative Urges Better Communication between Clinicians and Patients
9/06/2011Research on Women’s Health Issues Informs Treatment Choices
8/02/2011Why You Need to Explore Your Treatment Options
7/05/2011Resources to Help You Be a Better Caregiver
6/07/2011New Public Service Campaign Urges Hispanics To Talk With Their Doctor
5/03/2011Safety Culture Creates Better Care for Patients
4/05/2011Health IT Tools Help with Care and Costs
3/01/2011What You Can Do To Prevent A Fall
2/01/2011Focus on Heart Health
1/04/2011Your Options for Treating Rotator Cuff Tears
12/07/2010Don’t Let Medicines Cause Harm
11/02/2010Quitting Smoking
10/05/2010Focus on Obesity
9/07/2010Improving Your Health Literacy
8/03/2010Treating High Cholesterol
7/06/2010Why It’s Wise to Use a Health Advocate
6/01/2010How to Avoid the Round-Trip Visit to the Hospital
5/04/2010Healthcare-Associated Infections: They Can Happen to You
4/06/2010Same-Day Surgery: What You Should Know
3/02/2010Comparing Blood Pressure Medicines
2/02/2010Comparing Diabetes Drugs
1/05/2010Comparing Medical Treatments for Antidepressants
11/03/2009Does Your Hospital Do A Good Job?
10/06/2009Open Enrollment: What To Consider When Choosing a Health Plan
9/15/2009What You Need to Know about Blood Thinner Pills
9/01/2009How to Make an Emergency Department Visit a Safe One
8/18/2009Personalized Medicine's Frontier Is Coming Into View
8/04/2009An Aspirin a Day? The Answer is Different for Men and Women
7/21/2009Hospital Advisory Councils Get Patients' View on Safer Health Care
7/07/2009Talking About End-of-life Treatment Decisions
6/16/2009Keeping Track of Your Health Information
6/02/2009New Reports Show Weak Progress on Health Quality
5/19/2009Coordinating Your Care with a Medical Home
5/05/2009Asking Questions to Get the Care You Need
4/21/2009Off-Label Drugs: What You Need to Know
4/07/2009Comparative Effectiveness Research: What It Means for You
3/17/2009How To Complain - And Get Heard
3/03/2009How Tired Is Your Doctor?
2/17/2009New Web Tool Helps You Choose a Nursing Home
2/03/2009How to Choose Long-Term Care Services
1/21/2009New Hope for Chronic Disease Management
1/06/2009Ready to Lose Weight in the New Year? Experts Offer Guidance for Adults and Children
12/16/2008Better Information Helps Patients
12/02/2008Online Tools Help Patients Find Good Health Information
11/18/2008Guides Help Patients Find Their Best Treatment Options
11/05/2008Keeping Healthy When the Economy Is Not
10/21/2008Payment Change Puts Spotlight on Preventing Hospital Errors
10/07/2008Checklist Helps Men Keep on Track to Good Health
9/16/2008Checklist Helps Women Give Equal Time to Their Health Needs
9/02/2008Helpful Steps To Take After You Get a Diagnosis
8/19/2008How To Use Hospital Emergency Rooms Wisely
8/05/2008Checklists Help Men and Women Stay Healthy at 50+
7/15/2008Tips To Help You Find a Good Doctor
7/01/2008Simple Steps Can Reduce Health Care-Associated Infections
6/03/2008Smart Choices: How to Choose a Health Plan That’s Right for You
5/20/2008What's Your Health Literacy Score
5/06/2008Real Men Wear Gowns - And Help Their Health
4/15/2008Superheroes TV and Radio Ads Encourage Hispanics to Get Involved in Their Own Health Care
4/01/2008Your Experience in the Hospital and Why it Matters
3/18/2008Balancing Treatment Advice: Benefits, Risks, and Personal Choice
3/04/2008Big Strides, Not Small Steps, Needed to Boost Health Care Quality
2/19/2008Busting Myths About Health Care Quality
2/05/2008Asking Questions About Medical Tests
1/16/2008What to Ask Before Surgery
1/02/2008Tips for Taking Medicines Safely
12/18/2007Where Medical Errors Occur and Steps You Can Take to Avoid Them
12/04/2007Facing the Facts: Get Involved to Get Better Care
11/20/2007Health Care Quality: Take A Closer Look
10/30/2007Becoming an Involved Health Care Consumer
10/16/2007Recognizing High-Quality Health Care
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Overall, the quality of care that patients get from their doctors and in hospitals is slowly improving.
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