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Why It’s Wise to Use a Health Advocate

Why It’s Wise to Use a Health Advocate


A health advocate is a family member, friend, trusted coworker, or a hired professional who can ask questions, write down information, and speak up for you so you can better understand your illness and get the care and resources you need.

Research shows that quality health care means taking an active role in decisions about your care. If you’re facing a difficult medical decision, it’s a good idea to bring someone with you who can help you take an active role in your care when you’re not fully up to it.

As a doctor and a patient, I’ve seen how valuable it is to have “another set of ears and eyes” in the exam room. Having an advocate at medical appointments or during a hospital stay can ensure that you get the information you need to manage your health.

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Related MedlinePlus Page: Talking With Your Doctor

August 25, 2010 Posted by | Consumer Health | , | Leave a comment

Tai Chi and Complementary Medicine

Curious about Tai Chi and what you have been hearing about it?

Click here for an introduction by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

This page is for informational purposes only. Please consult with your health care practitioner if considering incorporating Tai Chi into your health regime, or if you have any questions.

August 25, 2010 Posted by | Consumer Health | | 2 Comments


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