How to Get the Best Health Care


How to Get the Best Care and Stay Safe as a Patient
Doctors, nurses and health care providers work to do their very best to care for us, but sometimes things can go wrong. Find out what you can do to stay safe and help your doctor help you.


Working with Your Doctor or Nurse

Write down and bring in any questions you may have. There is no such thing as a stupid question.

Be clear, honest and share as much as you can about your situation and how you feel with your doctor. This way, your doctor can take in all of the information and put together the best treatment for you.


Staying Safe

Protect yourself from germs. Be sure to wash your hands regularly. If you are staying in the hospital, it helps to ask any family members or friends not to visit if they are sick. This is the best way to help prevent the spread of infections.

Let your doctor or nurse know if you notice something that does not seem right. If you notice things like redness, pain, swelling, or any changes in your body, tell your health care provider right away.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help whenever you need it.


Leaving the Clinic or Hospital

  1. Follow all instructions from your doctor
  2. Pickup any medication and take it exactly as your doctor prescribed.
  3. Be sure to ask any questions if you need to.
  4. Follow up with your doctor to make sure everything is okay.


More Help…

✧ Guides: 5 Tips for Patients (video) and Medication Guides

Talk to your doctor or health care provider for more information.

If you don’t have a doctor, find a health center near you.

cell phoneCall (888) INFO-FDA (463-6332) or visit FDA website for more information about medications.

Call (800) CDC-INFO (232-4636) or visit CDC website for more information about vaccines.





Patient Safety: What You Can Do to Be a Safe Patient. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site. Accessed March 16, 2016.

Important Patient Safety Issues: What You Can Do. National Patient Safety Foundation web site. Accessed March 16, 2016.


Page last reviewed: March 12, 2017
Page last updated: March 13, 2017




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