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Mrs. Doering's experiences as a patient with serious medical problems inspired her to create a book for patient self-advocacy and materials to assist patients and their families. Negotiating the maze of medical options, providers, and treatments can be confusing under the best of circumstances. This book sets out guidelines for becoming an informed consumer who is an active participant in his or her medical treatment. There is a special emphasis on the services and protocol involved in emergency room treatment.(Peg Lestina, 2008). Doctors in the the top of their respective fields as well as a nurse practitioner, were interviewed and consulted to create a model for patients to compare their medical care and physicians with in order to establish that they are, indeed, receiving the kind of care that they are entitled to receive. Additionally, easy to use reproducible forms are included in this book in order to select physicians and receive the most from office visits to the doctor, health clinic, or hospital. The patient is at the center of each chapter with constant emphasis on the patient's ability to maintain some level of control in the choices for medical care and treatment regardless of the severity of this illness or injury. The author visited a busy emergency room late at night in order to see first hand what transpires when patients arrive, are assessed, and treated or discharged. Seeing the events from the medical staff's perspective was enlightening and gave Mrs. Doering hope that excellent care can and is given to patients when emergencies occur. However, the more prepared the patient, the better the outcome for each visit! Again, the patient needs to be involved prior to an unexpected trip to the hospital to minimize the possibility of a negative outcome.
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Nancy Doering is an educator with two Masters degrees in Education from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri. She, resides in a rural area of Jefferson County, Missouri, at Emerald Lady Vineyards and commutes to the southern suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri where she teaches second grade students. It was Mrs. Doering's experience as a patient that inspired her determination to create a book for other patients to avoid some of the pitfalls that often accompany health problems, whether these problems stem from chronic illness, accident and injury, or emergency situations. Mrs. Doering and her husband, Dennis, have five children and have recently added the eighth grandchild to their family circle. All of their children live within an hour of the vineyard, so a busy work and family life necessitates extreme organization of medical visits, treatments and ongoing care to enable Mrs. Doering the option to daily experience and relish the many joys in her life, despite the presence of chronic illness. Mrs. Doering also conducts seminars for private groups to assist their members in using Reality Check to its optimum advantage. Stehen G. Sanders, M.D. , the major contributor and co-editor of Reality Check... practices Internal Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He lives in West County, a suburb of unincorporated St. Louis County, St. Louis, Missouri, with his wife and daughter. In addition to his busy practice, Dr. Sanders regularly conducts seminars at St. John's Mercy Medical Center for patients with diabetes to educate these patients about their disease, proper treatment,and techniques to better manage the disease. This includes interactive meetings on three occasions, with Dr. Sanders, a pharmacist and then a diabetic educator/nutritionist.Review:
I love that while being very informative and helpful; Nancy has added her sense of humor to this book, which makes it all the more interesting. I think this book would also be helpful to caregivers of older parents. They need answers to very hard questions sometimes and I think this book does a good job of finding those answers. --Joan Johnson
This is a humorous patient's guide to selecting and partnering with profesionals in the medical field for your best healthcare needs; especially when faced with emergency situations. --Carolyn Stephens, Admitting Clerk, private rural hospital.
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