It is important for patients to take an active role in their health care. Be prepared with questions to ask your doctor, and make sure you understand all of your treatment options. Think about who should be involved in decisions about your treatment, and plan ahead for unexpected medical events and end-of-life care.

Being open with your doctor and making informed decisions will help you get the best care possible.


Communicate with your provider

Ask questions and be sure you understand your diagnosis and treatment options

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Make informed treatment decisions

Pursue the best course of care to meet your needs

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Document your health care preferences

Make sure your wishes are respected and you avoid unwanted care

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Join a Patient Family Advisory Council

Join a volunteer council to improve care at your local hospital