Patients Urged To Take Active Role In Their Medical Care


Today’s patients can and should take an active role in their medical care.

During Patient Safety Awareness Week, TRICARE is emphasizing this right — and responsibility. By communicating with their providers, beneficiaries can participate in a team approach to their healthcare which builds trust, honesty and openness for a healthy provider-patient relationship.

Using the TEAM-UP checklist will help beneficiaries be a part of their healthcare. TEAM-UP is a Department of Defense (DoD) initiative being piloted at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash. The concept is available for other military treatment facilities to use.

“TEAM-UP allows beneficiaries to be active participants in promoting safe, quality healthcare,” said Heidi King, deputy director, DoD Patient Safety Program.

The TEAM-UP checklist encourages beneficiaries to:

• Team together with providers and become an active member of their healthcare team.

• Educate themselves about the members of their healthcare team and know the proposed treatment plan.

• Ask questions.

• Manage medications by writing them down, reading labels carefully and alerting the healthcare team if a medication does not match what was prescribed.


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