Speak Up for Your Health
Everyone has a role in making health care safe. This includes physicians, health-care executives, nurses and technicians. You, as the patient, can also make your care safe by becoming an active, involved and informed member of your health-care team.
- Speak up if you have questions or concerns, and if you don't understand, ask again. It's your body and you have a right to know.
- Pay attention to the care you are receiving. Make sure you're getting the right treatments and medications by the right health care professionals. Don't assume anything.
- Educate yourself about your illness. Learn about the medical tests you are receiving, 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 healthcare mistakes.
- Use a hospital, clinic, surgery center, or other type of health care organization that been carefully checked out. For example, the Joint Commission visits hospitals to evaluate if the hospital meets their quality standards.
- Participate in all decisions about your treatment. You are the center of the health-care team.
Courtesy of The Joint Commission