AHRQThe Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality is working to increase participation in a campaign that provides Spanish-speaking patients free resources designed to help them compare the risks and benefits of treatment options.  The Toma las riendas  (Take the reins) campaign prepares these patients for the conversations they need to have with their providers in order to make informed decisions regarding treatment.

The agency has established three ways for individuals to begin taking advantage of this program’s offerings:

  1. Patients and caregivers can sign up to receive brief text messages and tips via their mobile phones. To join the text messaging program, text COMPARE to 22764 to receive messages in English, or text MISALUD to 22764 for Spanish messages.
  2. Hispanics can learn more about various medical conditions and engage in conversations with their providers when they visit the program’s Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/AHRQehc.espanol.
  3. Spanish-speaking patients can call 1-800-358-9295 to obtain print versions of clinician and consumer research summaries offered by AHRQ’s Effective Health Care program. Please use reference code C-01.

For more information and to read AHRQ’s press release regarding the Toma las riendas campaign, click here.