APRIL 01, 2007

Health care professionals are urging adults to take a more active role in their overall health. In an effort to prompt more involvement, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Advertising Council have launched a national public service announcement (PSA) campaign.

The campaign, "Questions Are the Answer: Get More with Your Health Care," encourages patients (and caregivers) to take responsibility for their health by asking questions. Audiences will see television, radio, print, and Web advertising that directs them to call a toll-free number and to visit the AHRQ Web site.

The Web site features tips to help patients become involved, including the following suggestions:

  • Bring a list of questions to each medical appointment
  • Take notes in the examination room
  • Get results of medical tests
  • When leaving the hospital, make sure that instructions regarding follow-up care and medications are understood

For patients who are unsure what to ask, the Web site also features a "question builder" to help patients generate a list of comprehensive questions. For more information, call 800-931- AHRQ, or visit