For over twenty years, Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy (CPSEA) has been helping family members advocate for each other for safe, quality medical care as they navigate the healthcare system. Family-Centered Patient Advocacy is a training that was developed by Pulse volunteers who include medical professionals, patients, family members and national patient safety experts. The program was developed in response to two statements often made by the healthcare system:
- If you are a patient, bring someone with you to the doctor or hospital
- Patients need to speak up
When we are told to bring someone to the doctor of hospital, there should be guidance on what that person should know and do. Suggesting that patients should speak up to the medical team when they are their most vulnerable is not always realistic. Better to leave that responsibility to friends and family who can be taught to be a patient’s advocate.
This program will go over the very basics of what an advocate who is starting as a professional advocate, friend or family member of the patient could do to be useful and productive.
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