Do you want to learn how to become the “empowered patient”? I talk about this quite a bit here and a Twitter colleague has taken the time to write a book about it, based on her own experience and what she had to battle. You can read a sample of the book below and see what it is all about. Trish Torrey also has a blog which you can follow here as well.
Personal Health Records part of the plan, you bet. At any rate her book might help unravel some of the mysteries we encounter today with all the information that flies at a rapid pace with healthcare, there’s a lot of it. BD
“Does your doctor rush through appointments, leaving you with questions?
Have you been told your undiagnosed symptoms are all in your head?
Have you suffered from a medical error, like millions do each year?
Do you wonder why people get sicker from the drugs they take...
or Why we see ads on TV for drugs we patients can’t purchase without a prescription? “
The author, Trisha Torrey knows the dysfunction well. She was diagnosed with an aggressive, terminal cancer and told she had only a few months to live. Once diagnosed, she made plenty of mistakes herself. But it didn't take long before she realized the system was not set up to help her find her best medical outcomes. So she took things into her own hands. Five years later, she has “recovered” quite nicely, parlaying her odyssey into advice for others.
Part exposé and part toolkit, You Bet Your Life! explains why the system is so dysfunctional and how that hurts patients. You’ll read true stories shared by people like you who have suffered from substandard care. Then you’ll find tactics you can use to get the help you or a loved one needs.
Great medical care is available for those who know how to pursue it effectively.