The fact that there are a vast array of medical specialists who are available
to assist with an illness or even just the aging process can be very comforting.
It can also be very confusing. As the number of doctors involved in a
patient’s care increases, the ability of the patient to keep all
the instructions and medications straight can decrease. This can be frustrating
for the patient and for the patient’s out of town family members
who are trying to stay abreast of developments.
Patients and family members don’t have to tackle this sometimes overwhelming
maze of care alone. Patient advocates are available to assist with everything
from going to doctor’s appointments with the patient, to reviewing
medication, to talking with the various specialists to make sure everyone
is on the same page. Having someone along to help can allow the patient
to relax during their appointments and concentrate on being a patient
while the advocate takes on the responsibility of asking the questions
the patient forgets to ask and taking notes.
If you or a loved one are wishing that you had a better understanding of
how all the medical specialists are working together to improve your health,
you may want to turn to a professional patient advocate for guidance and support.