Migraine Advocacy: Patients and Physicians Advocating Together
We've talked quite a bit about Migraine advocacy - not just the political kind, but for advocating for ourselves as patients too.
It should interest you to know that doctors are increasingly becoming interested in advocacy as well. There's enough interest, in fact, that the American Headache Society had a continuing medical education session on Patient Advocacy and Physician Advocacy. I was honored to work alongside Dr. Rob Cowan to present this session and want to share parts of it with you.
Here are some of the topics we covered:
- ways in which patients and doctors can advocate together;
- resources for patients with limited financial resources;
- tips for advocating with insurance companies;
- a sample insurance scenario, including ways that both patients and doctors might handle it;
- points for patients advocating for themselves with their health care teams;
- ways doctors should advocate for their patients; and
- ways doctors can encourage their patients to advocate.
Dr. Cowan and I want to make the slides we used for this presentation available to you. Since not everyone has PowerPoint on their computers, we've saved it as a simple Adobe Acrobat pdf file for you. Download Physicians and Patients Advocating Together.
Please take some time to look at the presentation to get ideas for your own advocacy and some thoughts on doctors advocating with and for patients. If you have comments or suggestions, please leave a comment and share them with us.
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