Tuesday, 3 April 2007

Free, bilingual health checklists make doctor's visits easier

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If you ever feel unsure about what routine tests you should be getting at your yearly checkup, the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality wants to help. The agency recently announced a new pocket-sized, bilingual checklist that patients can bring with them to their doctor appointments.

The checklists are gender specific and list common tests for both men and women. Men are urged to discuss screenings for colon cancer, high cholesterol, and obesity, while the women's list suggests screenings for breast cancer, cervical cancer, and osteoporosis (among others). Along with recommendations, the checklists also have charts to record medical screenings and procedures, reminders for following up, and healthy lifestyle tips.

So if you need help organizing your thoughts before a doctor's visit or are unsure what screenings you need, keep your eye out for Your Checklist for Health and tuck it into your purse or pocket for your next appointment. And if you can't wait for the pocket sized version, here are links to the men's and women's versions.

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