In March 2002, The Joint Commission launched its Speak Up™ patient
safety program. Over time, the program has expanded to more than 40
countries and features infographics, animated videos, brochures and
posters. The program urges patients to:
Speak up if you have questions or concerns.
Pay attention to the care you get.
Educate yourself about your illness.
Ask a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate (advisor or supporter).
Know what medicines you take and why you take them.
Use a health care organization that has been carefully checked out.
Participate in all decisions about your treatment.
Anesthesia and Sedation
At the Doctors Office
Avoid a Return Trip to the Hospital
Five Ways to be Active in Your Care
Health Care Settings
Infant and Children's Health
Memory Problems and Dementia
Preventing Medical Errors (NEW!)
Preventing Medicine Errors
Preventing Surgical Errors
Reducing Your Risk of Falling
Serious Illness and Palliative Care
X-rays and MRIs