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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Lemon Grove Press Llc; 1 edition (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780981524030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981524030
  • ASIN: 0981524036
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Awards

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….

Publishers Weekly

"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."

 

ForeWord Reviews

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.

 

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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.


More About the Author

Martine Ehrenclou is an award-winning author, healthcare advocate, healthcare writer, and speaker. Her newest health book, The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get The Best Medical Care, is the winner of 18 book awards and empowers readers to become proactive and effective participants in their own healthcare. Through her books, lectures, published articles and blog, Martine reveals insider information on how to interact effectively with medical professionals and navigate the healthcare system with confidence.

Martine regularly publishes articles on topics of patient empowerment, patient advocacy, patient engagement, patient safety, the partnership between physicians and patients, and other health/medical related issues. She has been interviewed on national TV and radio, for magazines, newspapers and websites, including NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, NPR, Prevention Magazine, Woman's Day, MORE Magazine, Family Circle, and many more.

Martine lectures at universities, health organizations, disease organizations, and hospitals.

She is also the author of Critical Conditions: The Essential Hospital Guide To Get Your Loved One Out Alive, which won 16 book awards. She received her masters degree with honors in psychology from Pepperdine University, Los Angeles and earned a certificate in patient advocacy from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA.) She is on the board of UCLA Simms/Mann Center for Integrative Oncology.

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Reading it from cover to cover was easy and quite informative to me.
John T. James
Martine Ehrenclou's excellent guide helps patients take control of their medical care.
Arthur Bradley
This book explains how to talk to your doctor and how to ask the right questions.
Rebecca of Amazon

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. L. B. Richardson on July 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've just finished reading 'The Take-Charge patient' and could't be more impressed. This is a remarkably insightful, well researched, incredibly helpful and therefore valuable book.

The blend of resource material, credible website guidance and detailed index/list of sample questions/checklists at the back, will keep this particular reference work on my shelf forever. I particularly loved the way in which detailed information is intersperced with personal experiences from both sides of the physician's desk. These individual contributions served to illustrate perfectly, the concepts dealt with in each chapter. Essentially, it transforms material that each one of us needs to be appraised of, into a real page turner.

From start to finish this entire read is from the heart, refreshingly honest and direct. It's also wonderfully easy to navigate, if you're looking for information re: a specific issue/topic. The stratedgies elucidated in this book, cover everything from the 'fit as a fiddle' to 'about to depart this mortal coil' point of health/illness. Irrespective of whatever your current lifestate may be, there is nothing but genuinely good, strong, sensible advice available to readers of this empowering work.

This book is an invaluable guide that will liberate any patient from being 'subject to' the health care system, into a fully fledged participant. It's without reservation that I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone seriously interested in maintaining their own health, or that of a loved one.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Lee Scher, MD on July 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
The healthcare system is a scary place to navigate for people inside it (I was a cardiologist for over 20 years). It is harder for someone who is new to it as a patient with a complex or new diagnosis. Martine takes us through a journey of determination, discovery, and self-management alongside help from compassionate, experienced professionals with advice on how to get the best healthcare simply by asking the right questions and following simple guidelines. The format of the book is one which is easily digested with a checklist of take-home points at the end of each small section. It is unique in its layout and approach. I highly recommend this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Beth Boynton on June 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
Author, Patient Advocate, Speaker and Patient, Martine Ehrenclou, M.A. has written a well-researched, understandable, comprehensive and powerful book that will help patients navigate our complex healthcare system while positively contributing to the evolution of the system itself! "The Take-Charge Patient: How YOU Can Get the Best Medical Care" is an outstanding resource for a variety of reasons.

The material covered includes communicating with physician(s) and the healthcare team, preventing medication errors, choosing and becoming a patient advocate, navigating a hospital stay, understanding your insurance plan, negotiating discounts, disease prevention, and legal documents. She also provides information on chronic care, telemedicine, concierge practices, tests and procedures and more. That's why it is a comprehensive book. Ehrenclou's writing is successful in explaining many complicated aspects of our healthcare system in a way that is understandable and engaging!

In addition to sharing her own story, she utilizes other patient's stories, quotes from healthcare professionals, resources, and a very exciting two-pronged approach to 'Patient Safety Checklists'. There are checklists at the end of many chapters and additional checklists grouped at the end of the book. They empower patients with questions designed to take ownership of their care with things that they are responsible for and holding physicians, nurses and pharmacists accountable for their roles. This is an extremely important step creating more collaborative healthcare teams and systems.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
Martine Ehrenclou knows what it means to be a medical victim. She had to fight to receive the right diagnosis. If she had not been persistent she would still be in chronic pain. Doctor after doctor gave her hope that she would be cured but only one doctor really knew what was wrong.

"The Take-Charge Patient" is an extremely well organized and intelligent discussion of how to become an advocate for your own health. I like Martine Ehrenclou's caring tone and proactive approach.

I can't think of a better book to prepare you for the road ahead if you are ill and are seeking treatment. This book explains how to talk to your doctor and how to ask the right questions. With the information in this book you will know how to organize your medical records and prepare a medical ID card.

One of the most valuable chapters is about how to prevent medical errors. There is also great advice on how to make sure you have received the right medications from the pharmacy.

Before You Trust Your Doctor - Read This! Doctors are human and make mistakes. You will feel safer if you follow the advice in this book.

~The Rebecca Review

I received a free copy of this book for review.
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