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The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get the Best Medical Care Paperback – May 15, 2012
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Winner of 16 Book Awards
Gold winner, Benjamin Franklin Book Awards
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"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complicated health world, The Take-Charge Patient is a valuable tool and guide with sound advice that won’t soon be outdated.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.
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Frustrated or confused about how to get good medical care? In her newest book, The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get The Best Medical Care, (Lemon Grove Press, on sale May 15, 2012) award-winning author and patient advocate, Martine Ehrenclou, empowers patients to become proactive, well informed participants in their own care. With advice and personal stories from over 200 doctors, nurses, pharmacists, health psychologists, patients and more, The Take-Charge Patient reveals insider information on how to cut through the red tape and navigate today's complex health care system with confidence.
Ehrenclou empowers readers with vital information on how to find the right doctor, how to communicate effectively with doctors, how to prepare for medical appointments, prevent medical errors and medication mistakes, obtain discounted medication, manage your health insurance, and much more. The Take-Charge Patient will forever change how you act as a patient and thereby vastly improve the quality of the medical care you receive.
Six months into her research for The Take-Charge Patient, Martine Ehrenclou developed debilitating, chronic pain and used every strategy in her new book. She went from author and advocate for others to an advocate for herself and became a take-charge patient. After eleven doctors failed to diagnose her correctly, Martine found her own diagnosis and the correct surgeon to treat her. She is now pain free.
According to Ehrenclou, your health care is a team sport. The Take-Charge Patient shows you how to take charge of what you can and become an effective player.
Martine Ehrenclou has also written the multiple award-winning Critical Conditions: The Essential Hospital. Guide to Get Your Loved One Out Alive (Lemon Grove Press).
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
"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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book had more information in it than I expected. I had originally bought it for a friend with medical issues and trouble finding a doctor who would listen to them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by drew
This book is an amazing guide to managing care and appointments. Must read for anyone who has a chronic condition.Published 14 months ago by Nichole
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 18 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 23 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 on November 24, 2013 by Cam Coogan
Martine Ehrenclou has written an exceptional educational resource for any and all patients navigating the road to health. Read morePublished on September 15, 2013 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 on June 22, 2013 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