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Winner of 16 Book Awards
Gold winner, Benjamin Franklin Book Awards
Bronze winner, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards
Gold winner, Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY)
Gold winner, Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Gold winner, Young Voices Foundation Awards
Gold winner, Global ebook Awards
Gold winner, Readers Views, Reviewers Choice Book Awards
Gold winner, USA Best Book Awards
Gold winner, The Written Art Awards
Gold winner, Mom's Choice Book Awards
Gold winner, Readers Favorite Book Awards
Silver winner, Nautilus Book Awards
Bronze winner, Living Now Book Awards
and many more….
"Ehrenclou 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. She covers big-picture topics, like methods for researching your own condition and possible diagnoses, as well as more popular considerations, such as the best times to call a pharmacist. Full of cogent information."
Similar to her first book, Critical Conditions: The Essential Hospital Guide to Get Your Loved One Out Alive, Martine Ehrenclou has written The Take-Charge Patient with the kind of authority and know-how that only someone who has experienced these challenges first-hand can achieve. The information is thorough, the tone comforting, and Ehrenclou’s straightforward suggestions make even the most daunting tasks—such as telling a long-time doctor you want a second opinion—seem doable.
For anyone facing a complex diagnosis or condition in today’s increasingly complicated health world, The Take-Charge Patient is a valuable tool and guide with sound advice that won’t soon be outdated.
Reviewed by Charline Ratcliff
“The Take-Charge Patient: How YOU Can Get The Best Medical Care” is an extremely well-written, well thought out and well put together book. This isn’t author Martine Ehrenclou’s first go round with providing helpful and informative information in an easy to understand format; her first book “Critical Conditions: The Essential Hospital Guide To Get Your Loved One Out Alive” received high accolades as well as fifteen separate awards. Ehrenclou seems to have a true calling as a patient advocate not only for herself but also for those in the world around her.
Martine Ehrenclou, M.A., is an award-winning author, patient advocate and speaker. Her newest health book, The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get The Best Medical Care, winner of 16 book awards, empowers readers to become proactive and effective participants in their own health care. Through her books, lectures, media interviews, published articles and blog, Martine reveals insider information on how to interact effectively with medical professionals and navigate the health care system. She interviewed over 200 physicians, nurses, other medical professionals and patients for this book.
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 has been pain free for over two years.
Martine regularly publishes articles on the topics of patient empowerment, patient advocacy, patient safety, successful communication in medical encounters, the collaborative relationship between patients and medical professionals, and other health/medical related issues. She has been interviewed on national TV, radio, & in newspapers and magazines, including NBC News, ABC News, KCAL 9/CBS News, NPR, Prevention Magazine, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Los Angeles Times Magazine and many more. Martine also lectures at universities, hospitals, and health organizations. She writes a blog on health, health care, patient safety, patient advocacy & more.
Martine is also the author of the award winning, Critical Conditions: The Essential Hospital Guide To Get Your Loved One Out Alive.
Many of us are now embarking on our first chronic illness journey. We are navigating very choppy waters, and most of us have difficulty weathering the storm, and we need help. Read morePublished 2 months ago by CBA
This book has been extremely helpful as I've been taking over my parents medical and financial affairs. I read this book prior to a doctor visit at Wake Forest for my mother. Read morePublished 6 months ago by mstuart
Excellent and thorough book, I would highly recommend it to anyone in these days of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)Published 17 months ago by Sheila M
Martine Ehrenclou has written an exceptional educational resource for any and all patients navigating the road to health. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Janet Pucino, Award Winning Author "Not In The Club"
Many of us who've advocated for loved ones through a medical crisis hope to infuse others with the benefit of what we've learned. Read morePublished 22 months ago by patricia m. mastors
I had the pleasure of having Martine Ehrenclou in my writing class (interesting to me that "Ehren" is German for "honor. Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by Carole Bugge
I found more than useful "The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get the Best Medical Care", this is a 320 pages book made for those of us in need of medical care and require respect... Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by Clarissa Kent
It can be quite daunting going into the Doctor's office, but less so if you can go in prepared with knowledge on what you should be getting. Read morePublished on February 7, 2013 by Crystal
While most of the advice here is universal, this book is designed largely for the American audience. Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by Oleg Medvedkov