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Ann Hester
Patient Empowerment 101
Patient Empowerment 101 will impact how you approach your medical care for the rest of your life. It's a fun read, full of pictures, charts, and questionnaires. No boring medical jargon here. You can even access a website that reinforces concepts taught in the book. In addition, you can take engaging online quizzes and watch informative videos featuring life-like characters. The website was created just for you. The book teaches invaluable healthcare principles once known only by medical professionals. You'll become empowered to communicate with doctors on a level you never imagined. Imagine knowing specific questions your doctor will want to know about common medical symptoms BEFORE she even asks! You'll learn to think thru your illness when your symptoms first begin. Symptom-specific questionnaires are provided in the book as well. You'll also learn to keep a concise copy of personal health records, a must in this healthcare climate. You can download additional Word forms for both your medical records and your symptoms as often as you like. You can even fill them out and save them to your computer before you print a copy. Hospital safety is another key topic. The author spent over 15 years as a hospital-based physician and shares little-known tips on how to avert potentially life-threatening complications that occur in the hospital. A glossary of commonly-used medical terms, a key to medical abbreviations, and an explanation of frequently ordered medical tests round out this unique work.
Internal medicine doctor Hester offers readers hands-on methods to take the “rightful place at the center of [their] healthcare team” in this practical guide. Acknowledging the complexity of the healthcare system in America, Hester offers easy-to-follow suggestions that will empower patients to take control of their care, starting with a breakdown of the eight main factors doctors use to diagnose health conditions. She goes on to explain how readers can better prepare for medical appointments to save time and money—and how to follow up on the care received in those appointments.

Most helpful in this resource are the myriad of graphs and visual aids Hester delivers to help streamline medical care. Whether suffering from abdominal pain, headaches, or countless other conditions, readers will welcome Hester’s well-ordered questionnaires: she addresses the history behind each concern, narrows down onset symptoms, and draws attention to potential underlying factors, all in an organized format that will simplify medical appointments. Hester delves into the insurance side of things too, summarizing the internal appeals process for denied claims, outlining the specifics of health plans, and more.

This is a hands-on log in many ways, and Hester incorporates useful technology alongside the tried-and-true approaches: going beyond her advice to keep a journal of blood sugar, exercise, and other relevant health data, Hester also reviews electronic health records and endorses apps readers can use to manage their medical appointments and general wellbeing. There’s even a list of reputable sites to research physician competency, and the three appendices offer explanations of common medical abbreviations, terms, and standard tests—including chemistry profiles and electrocardiograms, among others. For those readers still experiencing uncertainty about their medical care, Hester explains the alternative of a patient advocate “to break down each situation and ensure that the desired outcome is in your favor.” Readers will be impressed by this valuable resource.

Takeaway: A practical tool for helping readers navigate increasingly complex medical care systems.

Great for fans of: RealMe Journals’s My Personal Medical Log Book, MG Publish LB’s Doctor Visit Log Book.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A+
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: A