Groundbreaking Book on Patient Advocacy Targets Improved Health Care from the Professional Patient Advocate Institute, New Book Aims for Patient-Focused Care

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The Professional Patient Advocate Institute announced today the publication of a new patient advocacy book, Getting Your Best Health Care: Real-World Stories for Patient Empowerment. The book's author, Ken Farbstein, is a leader in the field of patient advocacy and patient activism.

The Professional Patient Advocate Institute announced today the publication of a new patient advocacy book, Getting Your Best Health Care: Real-World Stories for Patient Empowerment. The book's author, Ken Farbstein, is a leader in the field of patient advocacy and patient activism.

In the face of an often-daunting healthcare system, the book provides readers with a new resource for navigating their own needs and the needs of their families and imparts important knowledge about how to be an empowered advocate to every level of reader - from the novice to the experienced medical professional.

"When you drive through a storm, your headlights, windshield wipers and rearview mirrors help you clearly see the dangers," said Farbstein. "In a hospital, you need a patient advocate to get you safely through the hidden dangers, since far more people die in medical errors than in car accidents."

Supporting a foundational overview of patient advocacy with true stories and lessons of patients dealing with complex and personal health crises, Getting Your Best Health Care uses these examples of both everyday and extraordinary situations to provide readers with important knowledge and tools for advocating for their own health and that of their family. The book also serves as an important resource for professional patient advocates, guiding them toward a more cohesive and patient-focused course of care.

"This is a must-read book for patients and physicians. It contains a wealth of information and websites for patient self-advocacy," says Lester J. Hartman, MD, FAAP, Senior Associate & Director for Quality Improvement & the Medical Home, Westwood/Mansfield Pediatrics, Instructor at Harvard Medical School. "For physicians this book is about being maximally patient-centered. This is not just a one-time read but an excellent reference book to keep on your shelf or in your e-book. I hope this is only the first of many editions."

Readers will learn how to make choices about their own, their client's, or their loved one's health care, including education on finding a doctor, choosing a hospital, obtaining the best care possible and how to handle medical errors. It often uses familiar stories to carry the point.

Getting Your Best Health Care: Real-World Stories for Patient Empowerment will be available for sale on April 15, 2011 through the Professional Patient Advocate Institute website - http://www.patientadvocatetraining.com/advocatebook and on Amazon.com. The book is a complimentary member benefit of the Professional Patient Advocate Institute.

Ken Farbstein is available for interviews; please contact him at 781-444-5525 for more information.

About the Author
Ken Farbstein is the President of Patient AdvoCare, a patient advocacy firm. He has served two terms as the President of the Consumer Health Quality Council of Health Care for All. He writes the Patient Safety Blog.

Farbstein is an award-winning expert on patient-centered design for hospitals and medical practices, as Managing Principal of Melior Consulting Group for the last 15 years. He guided a six-hospital system through a multi-year effort, winning IHI's $25,000 first annual Premier Award for Hospital Medication Safety.

About the Professional Patient Advocate Institute
The Professional Patient Advocate Institute (PPAI) is a partner of Dorland Health and is an Access Intelligence company. PPAI is a member organization that promotes the cause of providing high-level advocacy for consumers as they strive to secure their healthcare needs. As a diverse community, PPAI welcomes the wide range of healthcare professionals in addition to those currently working in advocacy. Members receive advocacy-promoting tools and resources through a range of services, including a Certificate program, webinars, conferences, special reports, business development tools, a member forum and more. Visit http://www.patientadvocatetraining.com for more information.

Professional Patient Advocate Institute
Contact: Catherine Zamarin
Phone: 301-354-1552

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