Tools

Speak Up

Speak up if you have questions or concerns, and if you don’t understand, ask again. It’s your body, and you have the right to know.

Pay attention to the care you are receiving. Make sure you are getting the right treatments and medications by the right health care professionals. Don’t assume anything.

Educate yourself about your diagnosis, the medical tests you are undergoing, and your treatment plan.

Ask a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate.

Know what medications you take and why you take them. Medication errors are the most common health care mistakes.

Use a hospital, clinic, surgery center, or other type of organization that has undergone a rigorous on-site evaluation such as that provided by the Joint Commission.

Participate in all decisions about your treatment. You are the center of the health care team.