How to Build a Better Relationship with Your Provider

Do you have an agenda? I recently came across an article on the doctor and patient relationship as told from the perspective of Dr. J. Blake Long (Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center). He provides an insightful narrative on the changing nature of the doctor and patient relationship and shares some key points that will empower YOU with confidence to be an active participant in your own care. He recommends that you: Have an agenda when you … [Read more...]

Your Medical Record

  The Empowered Mocha Patient is all about fostering a lifestyle of involvement in your own health care, successful disease management & prevention of disease by taking proactive measures. Therefore, this week, I want to share some tips on the importance of a complete medical record and how you can organize your own. Before moving into to this weeks tips, let’s first address one of the overwhelming concerns in the mocha patient … [Read more...]

You Need an Advocate

Issue 2 You Need an Advocate! There are times when you, a family member or close friend may need to visit the Doctor for something other than a routine physical, or even require hospitalization. This can cause feelings of fear and anxiety for the patient, as a result, judgment and memory can be impaired. At a stressful time like that, it’s important to have an advocate accompany the patient. A patient advocate is someone the patient trusts, … [Read more...]

Inaugural address

October 30, 2011 Welcome to the inaugural address of The Empowered Mocha Patient. My goal is to share useful topics that will reduce medical errors, improve health disparities and issues with access to care that are plaguing the mocha patient community. Each week, I will highlight a different issue and over time, you will become a more confident, well-informed patient, and ultimately develop a stronger interactive relationship with your … [Read more...]