The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get the Best Medical Care

The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get the Best Medical Care

by Martine Ehrenclou

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Become a Take-Charge Patient with insider information from 200 medical professionals. Award-winning author empowers you to be well informed and proactive in your own medical care. Prevent medication errors, find the right doctor, prepare for appointments, make the most of the precious minutes with your doctor, form a collaborative relationship with your doctor, get discounted medication and medical care, manage your health insurance, and more. When she developed debilitating, chronic pain, author Martine Ehrenclou used every strategy in her new book. She went from advocate for others to advocate for herself. After eleven doctors failed to diagnose correctly, Martine found her own diagnosis and the correct surgeon to treat her. She is now pain free.

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ISBN-13: 9780981524054
Publisher: Lemon Grove Press LLC
Publication date: 06/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 739 KB

About the Author

Martine Ehrenclou, M.A., is an award-winning author, patient advocate and speaker. Her first book, the critically acclaimed Critical Conditions: The Essential Hospital Guide To Get Your Loved One Out Alive received 15 book awards. In her newest health book, The Take-Charge Patient, Martine empowers readers to become proactive and effective participants in their own health care. Six months into her research for The Take-Charge Patient, Martine developed debilitating, chronic pain that lasted sixteen months and used every strategy in her new book. She went from an advocate for others to an advocate for herself, and became her own take-charge patient. After eleven doctors failed to diagnose her correctly, Martine’s exhaustive research led her to the surgeon who diagnosed her and cured her. She is now pain free. Martine regularly publishes articles on the topics of patient empowerment, patient advocacy, patient safety, the collaborative relationship between patients and medical professionals, successful communication in medical encounters, and other health/medical related issues. She is interviewed regularly on national TV, radio, newspapers and magazines, including ABC News, NBC News, MORE Magazine, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Los Angeles Times Magazine and many more. Martine also lectures at universities, hospitals, health organizations and libraries, and writes a monthly blog.

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The Take-Charge Patient: How YOU Can Get the Best Medical Care 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
The Take-Charge Patient is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Knowing that this author’s first book, Critical Conditions, was a true ‘must-read,’ it is no surprise that this second offering is a necessity that will seriously help anyone and everyone who is tired and frustrated (and more than a little frightened) with the medical care that they are receiving in this country today. Even with the best doctors by their side, the treatment and care being given patients in hospitals, doctor’s offices and nursing homes can vary greatly and sometimes it can be quite bad. The constant fight between private healthcare and national healthcare has been fought for decades, yet the one who is constantly losing in the battle is the American public. Haunting personal stories are told every day. Recently one was told regarding the fact that the doctor had written notes on a chart and the assistant reading those notes to the patient actually screwed up the information and had the patient taking far more medication than they should have been taking. The doctor - this ‘professional’ - stated that it was just a ‘mistake in communication;’ a mistake that had the patient almost dying from an overdose. Charts that are read incorrectly, x-rays that are read incorrectly, treatment plans that harm instead of heal - these are just samples of the issues that are going on out there every day. This author, a patient advocate, does a fantastic job offering everyone who reads this book a chance to become their very own ‘protector.’ With interviews and ‘insider’ information collected from people in the healthcare community, she covers everything from how to choose the right doctor to how to untangle the twists and turns of medical insurance. Splitting the book into easy to read, and, better yet, easy to understand, categories - readers first learn about the author’s own trials with the medical industry and how she used her skills and studies to become a ‘Take-Charge Patient.’ The book then takes the reader by the hand and leads them through the process carefully and intelligently. Step one is all about preparing for your doctor’s appointment. This truly teaches people how to build confidence and be able to find a way to be polite and work with the doctor, but also build the assertiveness and persistence that they need to be proactive. As the book moves forward, it takes into account all the paperwork that is sometimes impossible to get a handle on; the author breaks everything down into ‘health summaries’ that focus on how a patient would read and better understand diagnoses, treatments, and whatever past health issues they may have suffered. One of the best and most helpful parts is at the end of each chapter where a ‘patient checklist’ allows the reader to make sure they have understood the material presented and are ready to move forward. In addition, at the back of the book, there is an area reserved for safety checklists and lists of sample questions that you can (and should) ask your doctor about everything from pain to tests to mediations prescribed. Ms. Ehrenclou has made sure to touch on all bases in order to help people feel better and safer about their medical care by taking charge of their own future. Quill Says: Becoming a take-charge patient and looking after your own health definitely begins by reading this informational and extremely helpful book!
AllbooksReviewCE More than 1 year ago
Inevitably at some point in our lives we will be involved in some facet of the healthcare system. Whether it be about ourselves, family or friends, at the time of the illness most of us are stressed and not thinking clearly. We find ourselves caught up in a world we do not understand. When that happens we forget to give important information or ask the questions we need answered. This may ultimately lead to medical error. For the past few decades we have placed our doctors on pedestals, like Gods. They are in fact highly educated human beings. They have good days and bad days just like the rest of us. We as a society have become complacent in our responsibility towards our own health, becoming dependent upon them. From the doctors’ perspective, they are bombarded with increasing and exorbitant expenses making it difficult to even be in practice, let alone the tremendous effort and dedication on their part to stay updated with rapidly advancing medical knowledge and technology. Many physicians are heavily influenced by drug companies. Talk about the doctors making money. Take a look at many drug companies’ profits! Who is really making the money? The author, Martine Ehrenclou has taken the time to meticulously research the importance of the role of ‘patient advocate’. Her research has involved more than 200 physicians and patients. Throughout the development of her book she herself became the patient and was 100% proactive in her own diagnosis and recovery. It is her hope to educate as many people as possible about the necessity of an advocate thus receiving the best medical care possible. M.E. shares many strategies with us from how to get started with being prepared before the crisis, to preparation of legal documents relieving your family of traumatic decisions. She suggests we begin with documentation of medical history; complete health file, a list of current medications and allergies. If you have more than one issue to address write them down with the top three as the priority and stay focused while discussing these issues. Gone are the days when you could sit and chat, the doctor doesn’t have the time. As with all aspects of human interaction using polite and courteous attitudes works best. Extend this to all healthcare staff including the ‘Receptionist’. She has many duties other than answering the phone and is respectfully known as the ‘Gatekeeper’. Marines Ehrenclou is an award-winning author, patient advocate and speaker. It does not surprise me that her first book ‘Critical Conditions: The Essential Hospital Guide To Get Your Loved One Out Alive’ won 15 awards. I read and absorbed her impressive work then and now I will use this book as my own personal guide in preparation for my future. I hope you find her strategies as easy to follow as they are written. Included are references, definitions as well as numerous check lists. Take the first step into the rest of your life by remembering, “Without our health, we have nothing”. Pg223 Take Charge! Reviewer: Cheryl Heinrichs, Allbooks Review
Trista More than 1 year ago
Martine tested every strategy in this book, in person over 16 months. She consulted with 12 physicians, 3 alternative practitioners. She was given 11 diagnoses, 22 medications, and more than 15 procedures/surgeries to cute her pelvic pain. After reading this book, Martine emphasized knowing what was going on, how to ask questions, and to always have someone there to support not only you but your medical rights. I am going to ask for all my medical records soon, especially when she stated how important it is. She even walks you through what to do if you are having problems getting them! Another chapter that stuck out to me was finding a doctor that is understanding to your needs. She went through so many doctors until she finally found one she liked. Some people just settle on the first doctor they meet with - don't! Only do that if you are certain they know what they are doing and they respect you! As a reader, this book gave me ideas on how to confront those doctors that say it is basically "their way or the highway" and get angry when you ask many questions. I loved the part where she guides you getting medical records, even down to contact the board if they will not give you a copy of them.
djv More than 1 year ago
Martine Ehrenclou has written a valuable reference for patients everywhere. If you want to get the most good from your relationship with your doctor, you need to get this book. If you have concerns about suggested surgery and want to know how to move forward, you need to get this book. If you want to review your medical records and don’t know how to do it or have been frustrated dealing with the bureaucracy, you need to get this book. If you are concerned about end of life planning for yourself or a loved one, you need to get this book. If you are in perfect health, have never seen a doctor or been in a hospital and take good care of your body, you need to get this book. Don’t ask why. Just do it!
Becca71 More than 1 year ago
wealth of information ~~In this book the Take Charge Patient Martine teaches us how to make sure we are getting the right kind of care when visiting the doctor or going with a family member. You know the age old story you go to the doctor with a complaint he runs all the tests and can't find anything wrong but yet your still in pain or sick so he sends you to a specialist and then a cycle begins of one doctor after another all saying the same thing they can't find anything wrong. Then there's the take this medicine no take this one before long your tired, confused and even more sick then when you started but no closer to answers. well with the help of this book you can learn how to take control and get answers by being prepared and doing some research. I have been going to the doctors since I was 17 and thought I knew how to deal with it but after reading this book I've realized there are tings I can do to make my visit more productive and less stressful. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is currently seeing a doctor or is the health advocate for a family member or friend. It will not only help in getting answer but will make you a much more informed patient.
kim0712 More than 1 year ago
I have, for years, had multiple medical issues that have puzzled me and caused a lot of pain suffering. It is so difficult to find a doctor these days that will listen to everything you have to say because they all seem to be in such a hurry! Some push your symptoms to the side as if they are unimportant or make you feel like a hypochondriac. I have become so tired of it, that I gave up on trying to get to the root of my problem. Enter a great book, The Take Charge Patient, by Martine Ehrenclou. This books teaches you how to become your own advocate and how to be well informed about health care questions and decisions. It is filled with advice from doctors, nurses and even patients that have maneuvered this difficult road towards finding answers and cutting through red tape so you can get the best medical care available. Through this book, Ehrenclou teaches you how to handle medical appointments from start to finish – how to find the right doctor and how to ask the right questions. She also delves into the health insurance industry by teaching you how to manage your health insurance, and how you can find discounts on medications. I really enjoyed this book – it is so informative and helped me feel more confident talking to health care professionals going forward. I will definitely be using a lot of the strategies she has outlined!
National_Board_Certified More than 1 year ago
Reading The Take-Charge Patient is like being an observer at dozens of doctor's visits or conversations. The margins and footers are filled with quotes and tips from health professionals and patients. The table of contents is a great way to get started---find a chapter that applies to you and be ready with a highlighter, because there will definitely be some information you'll want to remember. The suggestions in this book can be applied in almost any health-care scenario.......everyone can find something they will use. This will be a valued book on my shelf for a long time to come. I received a copy of this book to review. The opinions stated are my own. I very highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago