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complicated health world, The Take-Charge Patient is a valuable tool and guide with sound advice that won’t soon be outdated.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.
The Take-Charge Patient: How YOU Can Get the Best Medical Care
Martine Ehrenclou. Lemon Grove (Ingram, dist.), $19.95 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-0-9815240-3-0
Reviewed June 18, 2012
Asserting that "It's time for us to step up to the plate and take charge of ourselves as patients," Ehrenclou (Critical Conditions) 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. As she worked, however, Ehrenclou developed serious chronic pain and beta-tested her own advice, eventually securing treatment that would result in her being pain-free today. She covers big-picture topics, like methods for researching your own condition and possible diagnoses, as well as more particular considerations, such as the best times to call a pharmacist. Each chapter concludes with a first-person patient checklist that is both encouraging and practical. While full of cogent information, this exhaustive guide functions best as reference material for patients with the wherewithal and time to take on their own case.