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Why It’s Wise to Use a Health Advocate

Why It’s Wise to Use a Health Advocate

Excerpt:

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 | ,

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