Engage for Health

Today, as part of our PA Forward health literacy initiative, we were happy to have Christopher Holland, Physician Assistant at the UPMC Altoona Emergency Department, to assist in presenting a new pilot program titled, Questions are the Answer. The program was developed by The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania and its Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network. It was then modified by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region.

This program highlights the kinds of actions empowered patients can take to be more engaged in their healthcare. One of the major aspects of the presentation was encouraging patients to ask questions of their healthcare professionals so it is confirmed that communication is clear. Should I take both of these prescriptions together? What is this treatment for? What are my treatment options? What do you mean by a normal amount of salt? These are all examples of questions that could improve your health outcomes and improve your communication with your healthcare professional. If you missed the program today be sure to check out this video that illustrates the point further, that questions are the answer. http://www.ahrq.gov/patients-consumers/patient-involvement/ask-your-doctor/videos/waitroom/index.html