Here's some simple advice on how you, as a patient, can make
your care a positive experience.
After all, research shows that patients who take part in
decisions about their health care are more likely to have better
If you don't understand, ask again. It's your body and you have
a right to know.
Always make sure you're getting the right treatments and
medicines by the right health care professionals. Don't assume
Learn about the medical tests you get, and your treatment
Your advocate can ask questions that you may not think about
when you are stressed.
Medicine errors are the most common health care mistakes.
For example, The Joint Commission visits hospitals to see if
they are meeting The Joint Commission's quality standards.
You are the center of the health care team.
Health's Patient Education Department, Speak Up, safe-ahc-21939
(Information adapted from The Joint
Commission. Used with permission.)
Health's Patient Education Department experts