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Be Involved In Your Health Care

Speak up if you have questions or concerns about your care


One of the keys to getting the best health care is to be an active member of your health care team. This means taking part and being involved in every decision about your care. This also means asking a member of your health care team questions, so that you can make informed choices. It means coming prepared for your medical treatment and knowing what to do when you go home.

What you should know


You should understand as much as you can about any:

  • medical problem you have (your diagnosis)
  • treatment or procedure that you will have
  • medicine you should take and how to take it

Here are some good ways to ask questions


  • “What should I do when I go home?”
  • “What should I tell my family about my care?”
  • “Can you tell me more about my medical problem?”
  • “What does this test or treatment involve?”
  • “What is the purpose of this test or treatment?”
  • “Are there any other options?”
  • “What should I do to get ready?”
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