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Regardless of age, income, or education level, anyone can have trouble understanding and acting on health information. October is Health Literacy Month, a great opportunity to educate your members and patients about how to take an active role in their health care. Research shows that when patients and providers work together, patients are happier with their decisions and their health outcomes. October also marks Healthy Lung Month. From lung conditions to learning how to work well with your care team, the Healthwise Knowledgebase is full of information to help people make wise health care decisions.
Asthma. Colds. COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Pneumonia. Many things can affect how well our lungs and airways function. When our lungs are healthy, we can breathe easily. When our lungs are unhealthy, we may experience pain or discomfort when breathing. And when we have trouble breathing, it may be more difficult to do the activities we enjoy. It’s important to know how to deal with certain lung conditions that come from smoking, disease, or infection. To learn more about these conditions and how they’re treated, refer to this helpful resource and start breathing better today. [Create a hyperlink to the Lungs and Airways Learning Center on your website. DOCHWID=center1026]
Create Your Care Team
When you have more than one doctor, managing your health care may become complicated. You may not know which doctor to ask about a specific health problem. You may be asked the same questions over and over, or you may be asked to repeat a medical test. Having many doctors also makes medical errors more likely. So it’s important for you to talk to your doctors regularly and for your doctors to communicate with each other. Think of your doctors as your care team. You’ll get the best care when everyone is working together. Use this guide to learn how to work with your care team. [Create a hyperlink to the Working With More Than One Doctor Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=ug5075]
Take Charge of Your Asthma
Wheezing. Shortness of breath. Tightness in your chest. Having an asthma attack can be scary, and depending on how bad your symptoms are, you might need emergency treatment. An asthma action plan can help you treat your asthma on a daily basis, but it can also tell you what medicine to take and what steps to follow when you’re having an asthma attack. An asthma action plan is based on three different zones: green, yellow, and red. These zones are defined by your symptoms, your peak flow, or both. Use this guide to help you and your doctor create your asthma action plan so you can breathe better and feel confident in avoiding and treating your asthma attacks. [Create a hyperlink to the Asthma Action Plan Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=ug2879]
Here’s How to Become a Wise Health Consumer
We all have to make health care decisions at some point in our lives. You may be faced with decisions often. Or you may only need to make decisions about your care once in a while. Regardless of your situation, you have a right to play an active role in your health care. Remember, you are an expert in what matters to you. Whether you’re trying to make sense of your lab test results, decide about a health screening, or manage your chronic condition, we have the resources you need to become a wise health consumer. [Create a hyperlink to the Wise Health Consumer Learning Center on your website. DOCHWID=center1039]
Know Your Meds
Think about each of the medicines you take. Do you know why you’re taking that specific medicine instead of another one? What happens if you miss a dose? Can you take this medicine with food or water? What kind of side effects might you experience? Can you take this medicine at the same time as others? It’s important to know as much as possible about all of your medicines so you can get the best care. For a list of helpful questions to ask your doctor or pharmacist, refer to this handy resource. [Create a hyperlink to the Questions to Ask About Your Medicines Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=ug5184]
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