The Joint Commission’s “Speak Up” campaign urges patients to take an active role in preventing errors by becoming more involved in and informed about their healthcare. The campaign encourages patients to:
Encourage your patients to “Speak Up” so that they can make informed healthcare decisions. You can purchase patient education materials on this topic by calling (877) 223-6866 or visiting The Joint Commission’s website at www.jointcommission.org/topics/speakup_brochures.aspx.
The guidelines suggested here are not rules, do not constitute legal advice, and do not ensure a successful outcome. The ultimate decision regarding the appropriateness of any treatment must be made by each healthcare provider in light of all circumstances prevailing in the individual situation and in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which the care is rendered.