Patient advocates play an important role in health care today
Receiving news about a serious medical diagnosis can hinder a patient’s ability to understand treatment options and make decisions about their care. Scripps emergency medicine physician Davis Cracroft, MD, explores the role of patient advocates in health care delivery in an article published in the U-T San Diego Aug. 12, 2014. Patient advocates are people — often a relative or personal friend of the patient — who “provide another set of eyes and ears.” Patients who are interested in enlisting the help of an advocate should explore their options through their personal support network, or via a hired professional.
Visit the U-T San Diego to read Advocating for Better Patient Care.