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Is a Certification in Advocacy Necessary for Patient Advocates?

by Bonnie Friedman, Hospital Patient Advocacy Expert
August 19, 2016

Question: Do patient advocates need to have any certification in advocacy?

Answer: Patient advocates can earn certification in this fast-growing field by completing a course of study. More information is available from several sources including the Professional Patient Advocate Institute: http://www.patientadvocatetraining.com/certificate-programs/.

Family members need no professional certification but should learn as much as possible about their loved ones' medical needs in order to represent them and advocate effectively. Online reading, discussion with doctors and nurses, and other research can help make a family member knowledgeable and credible.

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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