The take-charge patient : how you can get the best medical care

by Ehrenclou, Martine,

Format: Print Book 2012
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The Take-Charge Patient Puts the Expertise of 200 Medical Professionals in Your Hands Frustrated or confused about how to get good medical care? In her newest book, The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get The Best Medical Care, (Lemon Grove Press, on sale May 15, 2012) award-winning author and patient advocate, Martine Ehrenclou, empowers patients to become proactive, well informed participants in their own care. With advice and personal stories from over 200 doctors, nurses, pharmacists, health psychologists, patients and more, The Take-Charge Patient reveals insider information on how to cut through the red tape and navigate today's complex health care system with confidence. Ehrenclou empowers readers with vital information on how to find the right doctor, how to communicate effectively with doctors, how to prepare for medical appointments, prevent medical errors and medication mistakes, obtain discounted medication, manage your health insurance, and much more. The Take-Charge Patient will forever change how you act as a patient and thereby vastly improve the quality of the medical care you receive.Six months into her research for The Take-Charge Patient, Martine Ehrenclou developed debilitating, chronic pain and used every strategy in her new book. She went from author and advocate for others to an advocate for herself and became a take-charge patient. After eleven doctors failed to diagnose her correctly, Martine found her own diagnosis and the correct surgeon to treat her. She is now pain free.According to Ehrenclou, your health care is a team sport. The Take-Charge Patient shows you how to take charge of what you can and become an effective player.Martine Ehrenclou has also written the multiple award-winning Critical Conditions: The Essential Hospital. Guide to Get Your Loved One Out Alive (Lemon Grove Press). Ehrenclou writes monthly articles for several health websites, national magazines, and is interviewed regularly on national TV and radio such as ABC News, ABC World News, Woman's Day, Family Circle, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Publishers Weekly, and many more. She frequently lectures on how to be an advocate for yourself and your loved ones at universities, hospitals and various organizations.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Asserting that "It's time for us to step up to the plate and take charge of ourselves as patients," Ehrenclou (Critical Conditions) immediately sets a proactive tone for this empowering and refreshing roadmap to navigating the torturous healthcare system, outlining everything from how to manage health information to finding lower-cost/free healthcare. To research patient advocacy needs, Ehrenclou interviewed "over 175 physicians and patients," aggregating responses and well-placed quotes. As she worked, however, Ehrenclou developed serious chronic pain and beta-tested her own advice, eventually securing treatment that would result in her being pain-free today. She covers big-picture topics, like methods for researching your own condition and possible diagnoses, as well as more particular considerations, such as the best times to call a pharmacist. Each chapter concludes with a first-person patient checklist that is both encouraging and practical. While full of cogent information, this exhaustive guide functions best as reference material for patients with the wherewithal and time to take on their own case. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Patient advocacy -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Patient education -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Hospital patients -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Caregivers -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Physician and patient.
Patient participation.
Self-care, Health.
Hospital care.
Consumer education.
Publisher Santa Monica, CA :Lemon Grove Press,2012
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description xiii, 304 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [270]-276) and index.
ISBN 9780981524030 (pbk.) :
0981524036 (pbk.)
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