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complicated health world, The Take-Charge Patient is a valuable tool and guide with sound advice that won’t soon be outdated.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.
About the Author
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.