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The Savvy Patient - Patient Advocates Can Make a Difference

Services include explaining a diagnosis, organizing treatment and providing support

In this week’s installment of The San Diego Union-Tribune’s “Savvy Patient” column, Scripps Health provides insight on patient advocates, people who serve as a liaison with caregivers.

Known as “patient advocates,” people who support and represent patients can range from trusted relatives and friends to formally trained professionals.

An effective patient advocate should:

  • Be well-informed and up to date about the health care issues relevant to the patient’s case
  • Stay organized – help the patient navigate the myriad appointments and treatments that serious medical conditions may require
  • Feel comfortable speaking up if they have questions or feel the need to confirm a diagnosis, medications or surgery recommendations

Read the full article for more: Patient advocates can make a difference