Physician and Patient Resource Center -- Quality (PRC-Q)
Resources for Patients
The following information is intended to assist patients who are seeking more information regarding medical conditions and ways to ensure better health. In addition, information is provided to empower you as the patient to work with your physician to ensure the best quality of care is provided.
American Cancer Society [http://www.cancer.org] - The American Cancer Society's site is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem through prevention and awareness. The site also seeks to diminish suffering from cancer and provides information pertaining to all cancer types, as well as support for family members and cancer survivors.
Learn about Cancer
- American Diabetes Association [http://www.diabetes.org] - The American Diabetes Association website is dedicated to helping those with the disease cope with their condition, and it focuses on research, education, and prevention of the disease. All information is also available in Spanish
- Diabetes Prevention and Control Branch of North Carolina [http://www.ncdiabetes.org] - DPCP is responsible for helping NC citizens reduce the impact of diabetes. This website has information on statewide initiatives to prevent the disease, and information on glucose control, emergency situations, and management for those with the disease.
- American Heart Association[http://www.americanheart.org] - This comprehensive website covers various heart-related issues, from judging the warning signs of heart problems to examining different heart conditions, and offering health lifestyle information for children and adults.
Pulmonary Issues (asthma, COPD, lung cancer, smoking cessation)
Preventive Health Care
Patient Safety and Quality Care Resources
Maintaining good health requires that patients empower themselves through education and awareness of their condition and the treatment methods available to them. In addition, patients can take a proactive role in ensuring their safety throughout their treatment by developing an effective relationship with their physician and by taking responsibility for keeping an accurate account of their medical conditions and medications. The following links are helpful in learning what steps you as a patient can take to ensure quality care and to prevent medical errors.
Patient Health Records
- Patient Health Snapshot - Developed by the NCMS Quality of Care and Performance Improvement Committee, this downloadable form helps you as the patient take charge of your health care by accurately listing your past and present medical conditions, allergies to medications, and prescription medication history. Such information is important for phyusicians to have, expecially in case of emergency.
- Breve resumen de la salud del paciente - Patient Health Snapshot (Spanish-version)
- IHealth Record[http://medfusion.net/ihealthrecord/] - This free service allows you to fill in your own medical history and store it securely online.
- National Council on Patient Information and Education [http://www.talkaboutrx.org/index.jsp] - Created by the WELCOME to the National Council on Patient Information and Education, this website provides information on the latest drug information, prescription drug plans, and safety issues regarding medications.
- ICE: In Case of Emergency This website provides instructions and tools to be better prepared for emergency situations, including adding the contact "ICE" to your cell phone to designate an emergency contact.
Find a Physician
- NC Medical Society Membership Directory [http://www.ncmedsoc.org/legacy/pages/about_ncms/membership_directory.jsp] - View over 11,000 names of member physicians, physician assistants, residents, and students; search by name, city, specialty, or county and then download your results.
- NC Medical Board [http://www.ncmedboard.org] - The NC Medical Board manages the licensing of medical providers throughout the state. "Look up a Licensee" to find current contact information and educational background.
Quality of Care Resources
Patient Individual Health Assessment Guidelines and Tools