NEWS AND RESOURCES
By: Antra Boyd | Health Manager RN | July 20, 2020
I'm a registered nurse patient advocate. I help people navigate our dysfunctional disease care system. I mean, why call it health care? Chronic illness is rapidly on the rise and we spend billions of dollars on treating symptoms and not the root cause. So what can a patient advocate do to help a client with wellness instead of illness?
7 tips for being a patient advocate for yourself or loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic
From: The Chicago Tribune | April 10, 2020
Talking to doctors and navigating the health care system can be challenging — even when we aren’t facing a pandemic. As the number of people seeking care for COVID-19 continues to swell, we spoke with patient advocacy experts for tips on how to get the help you and your loved ones need. Here’s what they told us.
Families & Patients
[My advocate] is both compassionate and detail oriented; the perfect mix for a nurse and an advocate! She quickly absorbed my background and goals for the medical history project and produced a meticulous timeline and other materials that have proved invaluable in establishing a new medical network in my home.
I really appreciated the support and guidance I received both for myself and my family. It put us all at ease to have an advocate in our corner. This made a huge difference in my ability to advocate for myself and to navigate what I was going through.
My nurse advocate has been invaluable to my husband and me in finding appropriate care and placement for my sister who is suffering from advanced Parkinson's Disease. She reviewed and commented on every suggested treatment option and referred us to appropriate professionals for further assistance.