What is a Patient Advocate?

Healthcare Patient AdvocacyA patient advocate is a professional who assists consumers in understanding their healthcare needs and helps them through the complicated process of obtaining necessary care. Managing your health, or that of a loved one, can be confusing and overwhelming. A patient advocate can guide you through the confusing healthcare system with caring and sensitivity, focusing on your best interests. An advocate will not give medical advice, but can help explore healthcare options; assist in accessing and coordinating needed care; identify available resources to support health care needs and choices; facilitate communications with your providers and  among adult children, their parents and providers; and ensure that your voice is heard and that you are included in decision-making.