Patient advocates are professionals who help patients navigate the complex system of health care. They support and promote patients’ rights and work to make sure their clients’ voices are heard by health care providers and administrators. Not all patients who use patient advocates are ill. It is wise to get a jump start on understanding the health care system before an illness ensues and patient advocates, also known as patient care advocates, are there to help.
Symptoms and Treatments that Patient Advocates Can Assist With?
As the healthcare system has become more complex over the years, the need for patient advocacy, or medical advocates, has grown. Typical duties of the patient advocate are working with patient rights, matters of privacy, confidentiality, consent, patient representation, awareness, support and education. Patient advocates can assist patients of all ages, but are commonly used among seniors and the critically ill.