February Provides Opportunity To Become Better Healthcare Consumers
You may want to put an increased emphasis next month on programs of self-care and wise healthcare consumerism.
been designated National Wise Health Consumer Month by the American
Institute for Preventive Medicine, which provides a variety of
Some key issues to address this month, and throughout wise consumer programs, the institute said, include:
What is a real medical emergency?
When should I seek professional assistance?
Can I treat this illness myself and how?
How can I best communicate with my healthcare provider?
What should I know about medications?
How often should I have health tests and immunizations?
How do I decide between inpatient and outpatient surgery?
organizations implement wise consumer and self-care programs, the
institute is providing a free National Wise Health Consumer Planner
Packet, which includes a series of self-care and wise consumer
activities you can implement, tips on how to become a better healthcare
consumer, and a self-care guide. Organizations can receive a copy of
the packet by contacting: American Institute for Preventive Medicine,
30445 Northwestern Highway, Suite 350, Farmington Hills, MI 48334;
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