An educational campaign on patient rights by The Joint Commission: multimedia materials inform patients about
taking an active role in their care.
independent, nonprofit organisation, The Joint Commission, has launched its Speak
Up™ For Your Rights campaign. The aim of the campaign is for patients and
their advocates to know their rights before, during and after receiving care.
The materials (an infographic and an animated video), are provided in English and
Spanish and can be downloaded and used for free.
to Kathryn Petrovic, MSN, RN-BC, field director in surveyor management and development,
Accreditation & Certification Operations, if healthcare organisations
recognise and respect patients’ rights and patients understand their own
responsibilities, it helps to support “a positive provider-patient relationship
necessary for the delivery of safe, quality care”.
the best possible care, understanding patient rights is essential. Those patients
who are aware of their rights, are capable of asking the right questions and
making informed decisions regarding the care and treatment they receive. In turn, providers
can ensure higher level of satisfaction, if they inform patients of their
people, navigating the healthcare is challenging. However, patients who are properly
informed, know what they can and should ask from the providers. This
approach is explored in the The Speak Up™ For Your Rights video which is
focused on a patient and her advocates in the settings of an emergency room. From
the video, one can learn about the patient’s rights, including the right to
have an interpreter present and receive copies of a patient’s medical
From the campaign’s infographic the patients can learn what they should advocate for, including the rights to:
- Possess information and make decisions with regard to their care.
- Expect courteous and respectful treatment.
- Use the help of a patient advocate.
- Demand privacy of their health information.
- Discuss their rights with a
Another message the campaign sends is that patients should take active position on their care. This means asking questions about diagnoses, prescriptions and treatments, or informing caregivers about any relevant details, such as allergies. Speak Up™ For Your Rights campaign also explains the role of advocates in obtaining the best care for patients and the procedure for filing a complaint if a violation of rights is suspected.
The general goal of Speak Up™ For Your Rights
is to make healthcare less confusing for patients and to provide them with
knowledge necessary for getting the best possible care.
About the Speak Up™
Since its launch in 2002, the Speak Up™ programme has been used in more than 70 countries. It encourages patients to be their own advocates and to:
- 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
For more information visit The Joint Commission website.