Monday, November 4, 2013
3 Ways to Gain More Control Over Your Health With an Advocate
Have you ever heard of an advocate? You might have a general idea of what is involved with advocacy, but when it comes to your health this service can have a far reaching and very positive effect. Here are three ways you can benefit from advocacy with regard to your health and wellbeing.You can get more information than you would otherwise have access toWe all assume our GPs will always provide us with the best information for our health. However, they are called general practitioners for a reason - they have a general knowledge of many health conditions. If you are diagnosed with something they are not familiar with, it can be difficult to make sure you get the best information from the best sources. Advocates can make this process much easier by helping you get the information you need.You will be able to make a much more educated decision on treatments and how to proceedYou can only make a decision based on the information you have in front of you. Let's say you are offered two methods of treatment for a particular condition. There could be a third far superior type of treatment available, but if you don't know anything about it you won't be able to benefit from it. Advocates will ensure you have all the information you need at your fingertips. They do not provide medical advice nor are they clinically trained, but they can help you find the right people to help.You will feel more confident instead of wondering whether any information remains unknownWhen you seek the advice of an advocate with regard to your health or a particular illness, you will be able to take advantage of their extensive knowledge. This is particularly true if they have experience and knowledge of a specific illness, such as cholangiocarcinoma. This is a particular type of cancer that is rarely heard of in the UK, and yet over 1500 cases of it appear each year. Imagine being diagnosed with this and being able to seek the help of an advocate with experience in this area. Your position would be much stronger and more educated as a result.As you can see, an advocate will be in your corner with regard to your health. You may well find yourself in a situation where you are coming to terms with an illness as well as making crucial decisions about your treatment. An advocate will be experienced in knowing which questions to ask and who to get the answers from. This means you could find yourself in a much more powerful position than you would have done otherwise.