Friday, September 28, 2007

Going to Patient School

…Sometimes HA gets freaked out about the health care system and says, “Why don’t I just go to med school?”

…But now she has a better idea. The University of Connecticut is offering the nation’s first “Patient School.”

…Empowering health care consumers. Imagine…If we could just not get our fannies kicked all the time it would help!

…The classes at being offered at the med school in Farmington, CT, Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:45 pm.

…This will help us become more successful patients. (Hey, make it a webinar or something—we all need it!)

…Webinar...ha, ha, the internet is so funny.

…After graduating from Patient School, people will be able to identify their rights and responsibilities, maximize doctor visits and hospitalizations, and use reliable outside info to their own advantage.

…Some topics: When the Patient is Your Parent or Child—Your Role as Patient Advocate.

…Managing Stress to Get the Most Out of Your Healthcare is another. Yes, when it’s the healthcare stressing you, you have a problem!

…Answers to Questions You Weren’t Asked, but Should Have Been. This is a way to record the info for each type of physician visit…HA recently tried a letter about what had happened to her—and a new doctor read it and agreed to talk with her.

…Understanding Test Results is another session. So many people don’t even chase their results—they figure they would learn if the results were bad. Don’t count on it! One study showed that 40% of docs don’t even report bad results. Results can go astray, too. You need to ask!

…Patient School costs $59.

...Saving your life? Priceless.


Yojeved Golani said...

Star, this a terrific resource for empoweering people! Patient School is the sort of resource I advocate in my book for helping people to cope with medical crises.

To your good health,

Yocheved Golani
Coping with a Medical Crisis?
Make the Changes You Need in Your Life.

Star Lawrence said...

Thanks for writing!