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Health Advocacy
What is Health Advocacy
 
  A voice to help convey your wishes when you cannot speak for yourself.

Help clarifying your goals and expectations.

Assistance getting information about your care and what you can reasonably expect.

Assistance in communicating with healthcare providers about your care.

Assistance communicating with family and friends and facilitating their communication with care givers.

Help in understanding the hospital/doctor rules, patients rights, and regulations governing your care.

Help in organizing and recording instructions and recommendations.

Finding accurate information about your disease or injury.

Help negotiating conflict and in creative problem solving.



 
If I Become a Health Advocate for others, What will be Expected of Me?

Becoming a volunteer or professional advocate is a serious responsibility. It requires that you put the interest and wishes of the patient first and foremost, setting aside your own beliefs and preferences when it comes to the care for your client patient.

An advocate facilitates communication with all involved from caregivers to family, but the primary responsibilbity is to advocate for the wishes and needs of the patient. An advocate is not responsible to a hospital, doctor, family member (unless designated by the patient) or any other caregiver. An advocate is not an impartial mediator or referee. Adhering to a stated set of ethical standards, health advocates serve the wants, needs, and wishes of the patient first and foremost (see ethical standards for advocates).