If I offer to accompany you to an appointment, or to act as a medical advocate for you, what I am offering is anything you like from the menu below, plus probably some other stuff I haven't thought of. I am not
trained; I've just spent a lot of time around the NHS and private healthcare, one way or another. As far as I'm concerned, these are some of the things that medical advocacy can look like - and wanting one doesn't mean you want any of the others.( Read more... )
This list probably isn't exhaustive, but everything on it is included in any offer I make to act as a medical advocate for you. Obviously negotiation is needed - and more negotiation is needed the more involved you want me to be. For example, if you want me to speak on your behalf that is fine, but I will need an extremely
thorough briefing on what to say, and will want to negotiate ways to check in with you in advance. If you want me to monitor you for signs of distress, I'll need to know your "tells" (for me, one is that I start rubbing my throat when I'm getting stressed).
I'd be very, very interested to hear from people about what steps I'm missing, because inevitably there'll be some ;) And also how this matches up with your concept of medical advocacy, if you had one, and so on and so forth!