Speak Up About Your Care

Speak UpTM About Your Care

The Joint Commission’s (TJC) award-winning Speak Up™ program, launched in 2002 has been used in more than 70 countries. It encourages patients and family members to speak up and be advocates for their healthcare. It is an important element of keeping patients patient safe by encouraging active participation in healthcare services. Important information that is appropriate to use in all interactions with members of the healthcare team.

  • Speak up
  • Pay attention
  • Educate yourself
  • Advocates (family members and friends) can help
  • Know about your new medicine
  • Use a quality health care organization 
  • Participate in all decisions about your care

These elements are reminders about how to be an active participant in your own healthcare and an advocate for your loved one’s healthcare services. They are practical and based on science. Try them out on your next interaction with a member of the healthcare team.

The short video is a useful step-by-step example and a reminder of how to use SPEAK Up™.


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