Quality of Care

Friday, January 28, 2011

Everyone deserves quality health care. You can make sure you get the best health care when you are sick or hurt by understanding what quality health care is and steps to take to improve your health. Dr. Edward Hill more about quality of care in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Health care quality means that patients receive appropriate care for medical problems in order to achieve the best possible outcomes. Quality of care is a cooperative effort that involves patients, doctors, nurses and other health care professionals, as well as institutions such as hospitals, nursing homes, mental health centers and home health care agencies.

Part of providing quality health care involves following standards, guidelines and evidence-based practices. Evidence-based medicine involves using results from research studies such as clinical trials and findings from other investigations to guide medical decisions.

Improving communication in health care means that patients need to participate actively: ask questions, speak up if you do not understand what is explained to you, and bring a list of your medications each time you visit a doctor. Bring a family member or trusted friend to help you at health care visits, especially if you have a hard time hearing, understanding, or reading or if concerns about the visit limit your ability to communicate.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.