Dr Anthony Parkes MB ChB , FRCS.
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When patient problems arise they are usually about understanding and communication. How to empower yourself as a patient or concerned relative and be assertive. If you believe you or a relative in hospital are not getting the information you need to make good decisions, or that a concern you have is not being addressed, there are some simple ways to assert yourself.
Your concerns may well be very important and patients and their relatives should be empowered to address any issue that concerns them. First make sure the issue is clear in your mind and perhaps practice describing it to a friend or relative. Then decide whom you wish to approach first about your concern.
You may ask to see the nurse in charge on your floor or in the department or your doctor, whomever you feel most comfortable with. If you are in hospital the hospital doctor called your “Hospitalist ‘ would be great to talk to as he has the job of coordinating your care between the various specialists.
Another person you could ask to see is the social worker on your floor if you are a hospital patient.
There are other people in hospitals who are paid to deal with any issues and concerns you may have as a patient or patient’s relative.
They go by various job titles, for example:
There may be a Hospital Customer Service Department you can request a visit from.
Often there will be a Hospital Safety or Quality Control Department you can contact.
Some hospitals employ patient advocates to deal specifically with patients individual concerns.
You could engage the help of a private patient advocate who will work for you independently of the hospital.
Whatever you do, you should speak up in a calm assertive way and ask for information and assistance.
Your assertiveness and courage when you speak up will help everyone. You as a patient.
Your loved one if you are supporting and speaking for them.
The patients who come after you.
The medical and nursing staff who care for you as they want to do the best for everyone.
If you feel something is not right as a patient or relative then only good can come from speaking up.
Be gently assertive and listen to comments and explanations until you feel you definitely understand all the issues and are confident that the best course of action is being taken.