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What is the Role of a Patient Advocate?

by Bonnie Friedman, Hospital Patient Advocacy Expert
July 22, 2016

Question: What is the role of a patient advocate?

Answer: Patient advocates may be trained and certified in the field and work professionally to represent the needs of patients. Many are employed by hospitals or other organizations to help patients navigate the complex environment of health care today.

But family members can also become strong and effective advocates for their loved ones. By knowing the patient's history and understanding his or her needs, family members can often represent their loved ones' wishes as well as or even better than trained advocates.

Bonnie Friedman is author of Hospital Warrior: How to Get the Best Care for Your Loved One. Her passion stems from many years of advocating for her husband through 14 separate hospitalizations.Today her husband is thriving, and Bonnie is working to help others get the best care for their loved ones.

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