AHRQ's new bilingual guide helps patients after hospital discharge

October 19, 2010

Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for when I Leave the Hospital/Como cuidarme: Guia para cuando salga del hospital, is a new, bilingual guide produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), to help hospitals reduce their rates of readmission by better preparing patients before they leave the hospital.

Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for when I Leave the Hospital/Cómo cuidarme: Guía para cuando salga del hospital, a new, bilingual guide produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), can help hospitals reduce their rates of readmission by better preparing patients before they leave the hospital.

The guide, which can be personalized, is available as a printed document or PDF to fill out that clinicians complete in the hospital and share with patients before they leave. The guide is adapted from Project RED (Re-Engineered Discharge), which was funded by AHRQ and developed by Brian Jack, MD, and colleagues at Boston University Medical Center.

For a copy of the guide in English, go to www.ahrq.gov/qual/goinghomeguide.htm

For a copy of the guide in Spanish, go to www.ahrq.gov/qual/goinghomesp.htm.

For AHRQ’s entire inventory of free Spanish-language consumer health information products, which may be useful for local Hispanic Heritage Month events, go to www.ahrq.gov/consumer/espanoix.htm.