Wednesday, September 26, 2018

For Patients

Physician at a computer station

Take an Active Role in Your Healthcare Brochure

The California Medical Association’s “Taking an Active Role in Your Healthcare” brochure assists patients and their families prepare for a visit with a physician or hospital stay. Click here to download the brochure.

Patient Health Education

The California Medical Association Foundation provides patient educational materials on a wide variety of health issues, including diabetes, obesity, pediatric vaccines, flu and cold, and the proper the use of antibiotics. For more information, visit

Advanced Directive Kit

The California Medical Association publishes an Advance Health Care Directive Kit which is available for purchase on the CMA website The kit includes an Advance Health Care Directive form and wallet cards, as well as answers to questions commonly asked about Advance Directives.


The Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form is commonly used by patients with a serious illness or whose life expectancy is a year or less. The California Medical Association publishes a POLST kit which enables patients to outline a plan of care reflecting the patient’s wishes concerning medical treatment and interventions at life’s end. The kit includes legal forms and wallet identification cards, and answers frequently asked questions about POLST and other end-of-life issues. POLST kits are available in both English and Spanish and can be purchased from CMA’s online store.

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