The Speak up Program was the initiative of the Joint Commission of the government of USA that was successfully implemented in forty different countries across the world. It was launched in the year 2002. The Speak up program urges and encourages the patient or anyone seeking medical health to beware of his conditions and to proactively participate in any decision making that is related to his health care outcomes.
SPEAK UP is an Anagram for: The below full form has been taken from the Joint Commission website of the Speak Up Program.
"Speak up if you have questions or concerns.
Pay attention to the care you get.
Educate yourself about your illness.
Ask a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate (advisor or supporter).
Know what medicines you take and why you take them.
Use a health care organization that has been carefully checked out.
Participate in all decisions about your treatment."
The Speak Up program was designed around the philosophy of asking questions and being completely aware about ones medical situation. This program encourages to ask questions again and again until the patients completely understands his situation and has all the necessary answers.
The program was a roaring success. The reason was the it used almost all media of communication to distribute health related information to the public - websites, health fairs, public announcements, educational programs run on TV and Radio, newsletters etc.
The Speak Up content was not under any copyright boundations. The info graphics or data interpretation content could be easily integrated into any other content and distributed back to the public again.