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You: The Smart Patient

October 1, 2010

You The Smart Patient"You: The Smart Patient: An Insider’s Handbook For Getting The Best Treatment” is being published by Free Press, a division of Simon and Schuster, and represents a clear departure from the typical Joint Commission Resources (JCR) manuscript style. This book uses humor and illustrations to provide concrete guidance to patients in navigating the health care system.   It is available for purchase from

It further urges patients to get involved in their health care, and showcases the importance of Joint Commission accreditation. Specific reference is made to the National Patient Safety Goals, the Speak Up Campaign, Quality Check, and the Universal Protocol; and advice is provided about where to go for health care when traveling abroad and the importance of looking for the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval when choosing a health care organization.

The Joint Commission’s acknowledgments in the book specifically recognize the dedicated efforts of America’s health care organization leaders, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals in the provision of excellent patient care.