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General Safety Tips
Be involved in your care:
- Tell your health care provider about key health information. Never assume that everyone knows everything about you. Even though you may have been seeing your primary doctor for a long time, other doctors and nurses may be seeing you for the first time.
- Be an active participant in every decision of your health care. Studies have shown that patients who are more involved in their care tend to have better results. Learn as much as you can about your condition and treatments by using available sources such as the library and Internet. Ask your doctor if your treatment is based on the latest available evidence.
- If you have questions or concerns, SPEAK UP. You have a right to question anyone who is involved in your care. In choosing a physician, make sure it is someone with whom you feel comfortable discussing your health and treatment options. Consider taking a family member or friend with you if you feel this will enhance your understanding. You should expect answers to your questions in terms that you can understand.
- When you have a test done, don't assume the results are okay if you don't receive information about the results. Ask your doctor or nurse how you will get the results and how long it will take to get them.