Are there other resources that can help me
learn about patient advocacy?

Yes. Other people have discovered patient advocacy through their own
experiences, and some have written books, web logs, or media columns
with their advice.

Two women with perspectives on patient advocacy built on their backgrounds and experience and who have written books are

Elizabeth Cohen

llen Menard

Both are American, so to some extent, their books, just like my
material, are colored by the background of the U.S. healthcare system.

I advise everyone to look at materials, mine or someone else’s, and
read thoughtfully. Think about what you approach you want to take,
choose what may work for you, and try it. If advice doesn’t work or
your situation changes (and situations do change over time), rework
your strategies. We all can grow and become more effective, and
patient advocacy helps.

One of the best things about the growing number of people talking and
writing about patient advocacy is that you have more options. If you
don’t understand or agree with one person’s discussion of how to talk
most effectively with doctors or avoid problems in the hospital, read
someone else’s material on the same subject.

Check our Resources section: It has links to websites for a large number
of information sources. Many of the organizations devoted to a single
condition offer tips on getting better medical care and contact
information for you to reach someone directly.

This website provides you with
opportunities to directly improve
the ability to heal at many levels.
HW has writings that can help
refresh your spirit and
photographs that can calm
and give perspective.

Finally, never forget that you can learn from others’ experience.
To the extent you feel comfortable, talk with other patients facing
similar challenges and their families. Sharing your experience can
make you feel better, give you new ideas, and help other people.
Doctors, nurses, and other providers may also be able and willing to
help advocate for you or teach you skills to help yourself, child, or
other loved one. Don’t be afraid to talk with professionals with whom
you feel comfortable about problems you are facing, even ones that
may involve an employer or other person or situation outside the
medical setting.
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