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PATIENT EMPOWERMENT

“The number one problem that keeps people from winning in the United States today is lack of belief in themselves.”
- Arthur L. Williams
Founder of A. L. Williams Insurance Company



The concept of patient empowerment places the responsibility for maintaining health and wellness in the hands of the patient. Advocacy experts believe empowered patients make more informed decisions and are better prepared to negotiate the demands of their environment, bringing a positive change to their lives and personal behavior.

According to some healthcare advocates, key tenets of this concept include:
  • The patient has a right to follow the lifestyle of his/her choosing.
  • As consumers, patients have the right to make choices and act on those choices.
  • Preventive medicine works best with an empowered patient.
In keeping with these tenets of empowerment, Patient Advocacy Services works to help you communicate effectively with your physician, including your concerns, symptoms and medical history. We also are mindful of keeping your physician focused on patient-centered care that we believe is key to a positive healthcare experience and supports better outcomes management.

Patient Advocacy Services supports the tenets of patient empowerment. We will work to enhance communication between you and your providers, help clarify questions about your symptoms and medical history, and raise the awareness to any of your unresolved concerns. We help to keep your healthcare experience personalized and patient –centered. This is our commitment to you.

Why it’s important to carefully select your practitioner.

It used to be that when someone needed a doctor, they just went to the neighborhood professional. Those days are long gone. Today, a positive healthcare experience begins with a carefully selected team of healthcare professionals. Patient Advocacy Services encourages you to remember that you are hiring medical professionals to provide competent, sound and effective care. Not all providers are alike nor do they all have the same level of training and expertise. Consider what you want the physician to do. What are the qualities, experience and practice philosophy of the physician? How does the physician build a relationship with his or her patients? What type of patients does the physician treat? And lastly, are patients satisfied with the physician’s services?

When working with our clients, we always consult licensing agencies to review physician performance records. To gain an even fuller provider profile, we also research physician-rating sites on the Internet to collect valuable patient-consumer feedback.

Even if you do not choose to use Patient Advocacy Services, we encourage you to perform some “due diligence” when selecting a healthcare provider. Here are some provider-rating sites on the Internet to help get you started.

TheHealthcareScoop.com
CareSeek.com
RateMDs.com
Doctorquality.com
Healthgrades.com
Ucomparehealthcare.com
Wellness.com
Vitals.com

* Definition extracted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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