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Taking Charge: Making Your Healthcare Appointments Work for You Paperback – June 19, 2017
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"Excellent book, full of great suggestions to improve healthcare communication."
"Taking Charge provides a concise, yet thorough, explanation of the inner workings of healthcare systems that is applicable to patients in the United States and Canada as well as the United Kingdom."
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About the Author
Ricky White is an author based in Virginia, USA. Originally born in Leicester, England, Ricky qualified as a Registered (Adult) Nurse in February 2006. Later he went on to earn his post-graduate degree in Professional Nursing Practice. He worked in a variety of hospitals during his career before he was diagnosed with the chronic, degenerative disease, Ankylosing Spondylitis. Ricky now works as a patient advocate for those with Ankylosing Spondylitis, helping to raise much-needed awareness for his degenerative autoimmune disease. Because of his unique position in experiencing both sides of the desk, having seen patients in his role as a pre-operative assessment clinic nurse, as well as being a patient himself, Ricky decided to write his debut book — Taking Charge: Making Your Healthcare Appointments Work for You. With the information in this book, Ricky arms other chronic illness sufferers with the tools they need to get the most of their appointments, and to get the care they deserve. In October 2014, Ricky became a British expatriate when he moved to Virginia with his wife and children. At this point, Ricky sought to continue his propensity for overworked, underpaid, and underappreciated work by becoming a stay-at-home dad, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. When he is not chasing two under-5-year-olds, he is usual writing, coding, or in the dojo practicing Shaolin Kempo. He also has a mild-moderate addiction to Bonsai trees, of which he has a modest collection. Ricky can be tracked down between diaper changes via his website – http://www.rickywhite.net --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I also enjoyed the humor and honesty of the author. He is willing to share his own journey so you understand he isn't just giving lip service to his suggestions.
I always thought I was doing a pretty good job of asking the right questions and making sure we (my doctor or therapist or other medical professional, and me) discussed everything that concerned me in my medical appointments but there is more to it than that, especially when - like the author says - you have a chronic illness.
Furthermore, I really appreciate that the author shared his personal story about his chronic illness, how he is handling it and what made him want to write this book.
Overall, this is a very good book and will be helpful to anyone who wants to do whatever they can to help the medical professionals they work with to help them live their best lives.