Patients play a critical role in their own healthcare, yet they are often afraid to speak up and ask questions of their healthcare providers. In this video, viewers will learn why communicating with their healthcare team is critical to getting the best care and outcomes for themselves, particularly if there is some procedure or medicine with which they are unfamiliar. They will also learn why it's important to choose a family member or close friend who can speak on their behalf in the hospital if they are unable to express their wishes themselves.
If you're dealing with a medical issue, or helping manage a loved one's care, know that you have the legal right to make healthcare decisions. Doctors and caregivers will make sure you understand your condition and your treatment options. You'll use that information to make choices that are right for you. We call this "informed consent."
Knowing the facts about different treatment options can lead to better health care. Your current treatment could be the best one for you - or maybe there is something better. The Treatment Options Initiative makes it easy to explore and compare your options, learn about side effects, and prepare to talk to your healthcare team.
Being an active, engaged member of your healthcare team can be key to improved outcomes and reducing risk of hospital readmissions. "Speak Up: Patient Safety & Advocacy" offers tips to help you avoid errors in your care, prevent the spread of infection, learn about safely taking medications and how to be an advocate for yourself or a loved one.
Only 1 in 3 adults receive all the recommended health-screening measures. Despite the clear benefits associated with early disease detection many patients put off what can be life saving tests. The program "Tests That Can Save Your Life" stresses the importance of early disease detection through medical screening. Routine testing can find underlying health problems before they become apparent. In doing so, the patient's chance of survival becomes greater. Learn the medical screening guidelines issued by The American Academy of Family Physicians and find out who should be screened earlier than recommended.