- 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.