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Be a Part of Your Healthcare Team

Your healthcare team includes doctors, nurses, and others. But the most important team member is you! To provide the best care, we need you to be active in your healthcare. Be sure to speak up, ask questions, get the facts, and follow your doctor’s orders.

Speak Up
We need to know all of your medical history. Tell us about other times you were sick and operations you have had. Be sure to explain all your symptoms and medical problems to your doctor or nurse. Make a list of questions and take it with you to your doctor visit.
 
We also need to know the medicine you use including over the counter medicine, vitamins, and herbal and home remedies. Take your medicine with you when you visit your doctor, a clinic, or the hospital.
 
If you need interpretation services during your appointment, ask your doctor or nurse.
 
Ask Questions
Ask about your healthcare choices. We will give you all the information you need to decide what care is best for you.

When your doctor or nurse gives you a medicine or a prescription for a medicine, ask:

  • Is this my medicine?
  • What is this medicine for?
  • How much should I take?
  • How should I take it? (For example, swallow instead of chew a pill.)
Get the Facts
Ask for written information about your medicine and any procedures you are agreeing to. Make sure you can read all the information given to you before you leave the clinic or hospital. Make sure it is in a language you can read or someone can help you read.
Tell your doctor or nurse if you are concerned about getting the equipment, follow up care, or the medicine you need. If you are confused or unsure, don’t be afraid to ask for more information.