HIRE AN ADVOCATE
Step 5: Use an Advocate, Be an Advocate for Others
Tips for the Advocate When Talking to the Doctor
(or another clinician)
Upon discharge from a hospital or following a procedure, especially if the patient underwent anesthesia, be sure to know how to reach the doctor (or someone covering for the doctor) with more *questions, such as:
From the Pulse Family Centered Patient Advocacy Training Patient Advocate Support
* Be sure the patient has given you permission to ask questions and be that involved in their care.
When speaking to medical professionals, avoid saying "I need" instead say "the patient needs" such as: the patient needs to know when she is going home or the patient needs to know when the doctor will be here.
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