Speak up if you have questions or concerns. You have a right to ask questions of anyone who is involved with your care. Make a list of your symptoms and any questions you may have to take with you to your provider's office. Take notes to help you remember information.
Make sure to share your important health information with all health professionals involved in your care. Keep a copy of your health history, including prior illnesses, tests and test results, surgeries, medicines and other treatments. Share it with your health care professional or provider.
Participate in all decisions about your treatment. You are the center of the health care team.
Find out why a test or treatment is required.
Ask about the results of your tests. If you do not receive your test results within the time frame your provider advised, call the provider's office to follow-up.
Learn about your condition and treatment. Ask your provider if your treatment is based on the latest evidence.
Ask a trusted family member or friend to be you advocate. Your advocate can also remember answers to questions you have asked, and speak up for you if you cannot.
Make sure that those caring for you have washed their hands. Hand washing is an important way to prevent the spread of infections. Don't be afraid to gently remind a provider of care to do this
Be sure to tell your care provider of any allergies that you have including sensitivities to latex (rubber) products.