Friday, April 13, 2012

Having a Health Advocate

When your doctor sits you down to explain a serious diagnosis or your test results, you may be frightened.  

The important thing to do at this time is pay close attention to what your doctor says; they can answer your questions, suggest what actions to take next, and offer ways for you to get better health care with your condition. At this time, however, you may be in shock of what you are hearing and the news you just received.  

This is the time when a health advocate can step in and help understand what the doctor is telling you.  

According to an article from AARP, research has shown that quality health care requires being active in making decisions based on what is presently taking place. Bringing someone along with you to doctor’s appointments can help you focus on your care when you might be going through a confusing time.

A health advocate can be anyone you’re close to or someone you trust. This person can be a family member, a friend, a coworker or even a hired professional to accompany you to the doctor’s office.

The advocate should not only listen to what is being said, but also ask questions, speak up for you, and write down important information. It’s crucial to understand what is currently happening and how to get the right care you need, and a health advocate can help you with it.  

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Phoenix, AZ 85016

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