Speak up if you have questions or concerns. Ask questions until you feel that you understand.
Pay attention to the care you are getting. Always make sure you are getting the right treatments and medicines by the right health care providers.
Educate yourself about your diagnosis and treatment. Talk with your health care providers about what your medical tests and results mean and ask them to write down important facts that you need to know.
Ask a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate so they may ask questions and speak for you if you are unable to speak for yourself.
Know what medicines you take and why you take them.
Use a hospital, clinic, surgery center, or other health care facility that has been carefully checked out.
Participate in all decisions about your treatment. Make sure you know how a new test or medication will help, how long a treatment will last, and how you should expect to feel. Read all forms before you sign them, and always ask questions about anything you don’t understand.