Why is an Advocate Ideal?
What is Patient Advocacy?
A patient advocate is a family member, friend, trusted coworker or hired professional who can ask questions, gather information and speak up on behalf of the patient so that the patient can better understand their illness and get the care and resources they need without the stress of knowing how to maneuver the healthcare system.
A patient advocate is ideal for people who
- aren’t familiar with doctor language and medical jargon
- need help when crises arise such as ER visits or medical events
- have siblings or children who live far away from loved ones and are experiencing healthcare issues
- are having a complicated diagnosis that involves multiple “-ologists”