Item description for The Savvy Patient: How to Get the Best Health Care (Capital Cares) by Mark Pettus...
The American health care system is an overwhelming and intimidating system to navigate. This is made even more challenging as we confront an illness or crisis in our lives or in the life of someone we love. For many patients and their families it's like being cast adrift in the open sea during a storm. In his book, The Savvy Patient, Dr. Mark Pettus provides the information needed to understand the health care system in a caring and compassionate manner. Dr. Pettus helps you understand how to obtain the knowledge you need, communicate with health care workers, and negotiate and resolve conflicts as they come up. The Savvy Patient also provides question templates to guide you in acquiring the necessary information. If you ever wanted to just pick up the phone at any time of day or night and have a frank and caring talk with your doctor, The Savvy Patient is that conversation.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Publisher Capital Books
ISBN 1931868808 ISBN13 9781931868808
Reviews - What do customers think about The Savvy Patient: How to Get the Best Health Care (Capital Cares)?
A Road Map Everyone Needs for Health Care Jul 12, 2008
This is an incredibly thorough and thoughtful look at the health care system from an experienced insider's perspective. Dr. Pettus touches on everything anyone could want to know as they struggle to navigate this morass of a system. He provides many personal stories and speaks with compassion and an understanding of what patients and families confront when they are ill. I recommend this to everyone!!
A book for anyone who has ever been lost in the healthcare system. Sep 20, 2005
This book is an excellent layperson's reference to the jargon of medicine and the byzantine protocols of the hospital experience. Dr. Pettus discusses the most common lab tests and medical and diagnostic procedures, how they are performed, and most importantly, what the heck they are for. It can often seem as though an endless series of tests are performed to no end at all. A knowledgable patient ( and family) can actally add needed direction to medical care, toward achieving a true partnership with healthcare providers. I recommend this book to all as a registered critical care nurse. I keep a copy at the desk at work.