Take Charge of Your Hospital Stay; A Start Smart Guide for Patients and Care Partners

Take Charge of Your Hospital Stay; A Start Smart Guide for Patients and Care Partners

by Karen Keating McCann
     
 
The most crucial care you will receive during a stay in any hospital will come from an untrained, unpaid, unhealthy amateur: you. Today's patient is required to make vital medical, technical, and ethical decisions. When the a patient is you-or someone you care for-how can you be sure you are asking the right questions and interpreting the answers correctly? How do you

Overview

The most crucial care you will receive during a stay in any hospital will come from an untrained, unpaid, unhealthy amateur: you. Today's patient is required to make vital medical, technical, and ethical decisions. When the a patient is you-or someone you care for-how can you be sure you are asking the right questions and interpreting the answers correctly? How do you know if you have chosen the right doctor, the right hospital, and the right course of treatment? What can you do to avoid unnecessary procedures or unfortunate drug interactions? Can you help contain costs without sacrificing quality? When is it appropriate to consider nontraditional medicine or experimental techniques? What should you do now to prepare for recovery.

Editorial Reviews

Mike Tribby
Called in its foreword a "consumer's handbook for medical care," this is a timely publication. Health care, especially hospitalization, constitutes an area in which most people are unable to be cost conscious because of lack of knowledge of medical procedures or disinclination to ask questions in times of trauma or disease. Also, many are reluctant to question doctors and other medical personnel because they regard them as authority figures. All this makes for uninformed health-care consumers whom McCann aims to help in chapters on various medical procedures and conditions, hospital procedures, and areas of medical practice (women's health issues, pediatrics, mental health, etc.). The fine resource directory, the section defining the various terms for doctors and near-doctors (resident, intern, etc.), and the guide to the names and functions of various specialists (hematologist, neurologist, proctologist, etc.) provide basic information in clear and simple terms. And of course, McCann discusses the Patient's Bill of Rights, which in a way sums up the idea behind the well-written handbook. May no user of the health-care system be without access to it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306447655
Publisher:
Perseus Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Pages:
341
Product dimensions:
5.72(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.27(d)

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