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Critical Conditions

Author : Martine Ehrenclou
ISBN : 0981524001
Genre : Health & Fitness
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A step-by-step guide to patient advocacy, based on more than 150 interviews with nurses, doctors, social workers, and families.

The Patient S Playbook

Author : Leslie D. Michelson
ISBN : 9780385352291
Genre : Health & Fitness
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Too many Americans die each year as a result of preventable medical error—mistakes, complications, and misdiagnoses. And many more of us are not receiving the best care possible, even though it’s readily available and we’re entitled to it. The key is knowing how to access it. The Patient’s Playbook is a call to action. It will change the way you manage your health and the health of your family, and it will show you how to choose the right doctor, coordinate the best care, and get to the No-Mistake Zone in medical decision making. Leslie D. Michelson has devoted his life’s work to helping people achieve superior medical outcomes at every stage of their lives. Michelson presents real-life stories that impart lessons and illuminate his easy-to-follow strategies for navigating complex situations and cases. The Patient’s Playbook is an essential guide to the most effective techniques for getting the best from a broken system: sourcing excellent physicians, selecting the right treatment protocols, researching with precision, and structuring the ideal support team. Along the way you will learn: Why having the right primary care physician will change your life Three things you can do right now to be better prepared when illness strikes The ten must-ask questions at the end of a hospital stay How to protect yourself from unnecessary and dangerous treatments Ways to avoid the four most common mistakes in the first twenty-four hours of a medical emergency This book will enable you to become a smarter health care consumer—and to replace anxiety with confidence. From the Hardcover edition.

The Empowered Patient

Author : Elizabeth Cohen
ISBN : 9780345513748
Genre : Health & Fitness
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A CNN medical correspondent offers simple rules for becoming your own advocate and making sure that you and your family get excellent medical care and insurance coverage, in a book that combines powerful anecdotes with shocking statistics and includes checklists and sample letters and dialogues. Original.

The Life You Save

Author : Patrick Malone
ISBN : 9781458759559
Genre : Health & Fitness
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Millions of Americans suffer from indifferent, outdated health care; an estimated 40,000 incidents of medical harm happen every day. The good news is that you can prevent this from happening to you or a family member. Better yet, you can find the very best care in the world. Patrick Malone's sensible advice and real-life anecdotes will inspire you to take charge of your own health care, make the best choices, and avoid serious harm. With the ''Necessary Nine'' - the essential steps to finding the best medical care - The Life You Save offers vital information such as: ; The single most important question you can ask your doctor ; When to know you have symptoms your doctor should not shrug off ; Checklists to help you get out of the hospital in one piece ; Where to locate the best surgeons and safest hospitals.

Taking Charge Of Your Own Health

Author : Lisa Hall
ISBN : 9780736937184
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The realities of American health care, 2009: Less personal medical attention due to cost-cutting and regulationA "40 percent" national misdiagnosis rate, per recent surveysA critical need for people to "take responsibility for their own care"Targeting these issues, author Lisa Hall--whose debilitating condition took nearly ten years to properly diagnose--offers a wide variety of practical resources to empower patients. Hall's experience is buttressed by the expertise of internal-medicine doctor Ronald Wyatt, a fellow of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.Readers will find valuable guidance on how tofind the right kind of doctor, check physician credentials, and increase benefits of office visitsmaximize Internet researchnavigate medical insurance, Medicare, workers' compensation, and Social Security disabilityreduce vulnerability to hospital mistakesorganize medical recordsThe author encourages readers to move forward step by step--and to look back and see God's plan taking shape through the difficulties.

You The Smart Patient

Author : Michael F. Roizen
ISBN : 0786287195
Genre : Medical
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A guide to taking charge of one's own health care offers detailed information and advice on hospitals, communicating with doctors, therapeutic options, pain management, and other health care challenges.

When Doctors Don T Listen

Author : Dr. Leana Wen
ISBN : 9781250013576
Genre : Health & Fitness
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In this examination of the doctor-patient relationship, Drs. Wen and Kosowsky argue that diagnosis, once the cornerstone of medicine, is fast becoming a lost art, with grave consequences. Using real-life stories of cookbook-diagnoses-gone-bad, the doctors illustrate how active patient participation can prevent these mistakes. Wen and Kosowsky offer tangible follow-up questions patients can easily incorporate into every doctor's visit to avoid counterproductive and even potentially harmful tests. In the pursuit for the best medical care available, readers can't afford to miss out on these inside-tips and more: - How to deal with a doctor who seems too busy to listen to you - 8-Pillars to a Better Diagnosis - How to tell the whole story of your illness - Learning test risks and evaluating whether they're worth it - How to get a working diagnosis at the end of every doctor's visit By empowering patients to engage with their doctors as partners in their diagnosis, When Doctors Don't Listen is an essential guide that enables patients to speak up and take back control of their health care.

The Patient Will See You Now

Author : Eric Topol
ISBN : 9780465040544
Genre : Medical
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A trip to the doctor is almost a guarantee of misery. You'll make an appointment months in advance. You'll probably wait for several hours until you hear "the doctor will see you now"—but only for fifteen minutes! Then you'll wait even longer for lab tests, the results of which you'll likely never see, unless they indicate further (and more invasive) tests, most of which will probably prove unnecessary (much like physicals themselves). And your bill will be astronomical. In The Patient Will See You Now, Eric Topol, one of the nation’s top physicians, shows why medicine does not have to be that way. Instead, you could use your smartphone to get rapid test results from one drop of blood, monitor your vital signs both day and night, and use an artificially intelligent algorithm to receive a diagnosis without having to see a doctor, all at a small fraction of the cost imposed by our modern healthcare system. The change is powered by what Topol calls medicine's "Gutenberg moment." Much as the printing press took learning out of the hands of a priestly class, the mobile internet is doing the same for medicine, giving us unprecedented control over our healthcare. With smartphones in hand, we are no longer beholden to an impersonal and paternalistic system in which "doctor knows best." Medicine has been digitized, Topol argues; now it will be democratized. Computers will replace physicians for many diagnostic tasks, citizen science will give rise to citizen medicine, and enormous data sets will give us new means to attack conditions that have long been incurable. Massive, open, online medicine, where diagnostics are done by Facebook-like comparisons of medical profiles, will enable real-time, real-world research on massive populations. There's no doubt the path forward will be complicated: the medical establishment will resist these changes, and digitized medicine inevitably raises serious issues surrounding privacy. Nevertheless, the result—better, cheaper, and more human health care—will be worth it. Provocative and engrossing, The Patient Will See You Now is essential reading for anyone who thinks they deserve better health care. That is, for all of us.

The Patient S Checklist

Author : Elizabeth Bailey
ISBN : 1402780583
Genre : Health & Fitness
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Every year, thirty-five million Americans become hospital patients and more than fifty million surgeries are performed. Each of those patients--whatever their resources--confronts the same obstacles to good, safe care. From a trip to the emergency room to open heart surgery, all patients can experience not just perplexing and impersonal care but serious communication and safety issues that can put them at risk. That's why The Patient's Checklist is so important. It addresses an enormous need, and yet there is no other book available that's like it. Based on firsthand knowledge, Elizabeth Bailey has created ten checklists that provide a simple system for better managing, monitoring, and participating in your hospital care. These checklists can play a big role in guarding against error and promoting compassion in care, so that a patient is not only “cured” but also “healed.”

Successful Nurse Communication Safe Care Health Workplaces Rewarding Careers

Author : Beth Boynton
ISBN : 9780803646612
Genre : Medical
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Develop the skills and techniques you need to communicate effectively with patients, families, and colleagues while examining the critical role communication plays in assuring the safe and ethical practice of nursing. You’ll explore all of the critical ways your ability to communicate successfully can positively impact not only nurse-client, nurse-family, and colleague-colleague relationships, but also your ability to make the work environment less stressful and to manage professional and personal challenges.

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