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Patient Advocacy: Advocating for yourself or someone else

April 01, 2016

What is advocacy? According to Merriam-Webster, advocacy is the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal. When faced with a complex medical condition, be it cancer or any other major diagnosis, advocacy is essential to help patients and their families understand treatment options.

Swedish Digestive Health Network � call 1-855-411-MYGI (6944)

October 04, 2013

In the fall of 2011, Swedish opened the largest, most advanced endoscopy center in the Pacific Northwest. This state-of-the-art unit serves as the procedural space for a broad range of minimally invasive cases performed by gastroenterologists, colorectal specialists, thoracic and bariatric surgeons and pulmonologists on patients with a broad range of digestive and respiratory diseases.  As we celebrated this accomplishment, we were reminded of the complexity of digestive disease and that many times, patients and possibly even referring physicians aren’t sure of what type of specialist is best suited to a particular digestive problem.

There is nothing more distressing as a health care professional than hearing patient horror stories about trying to access care. A chronic illness can cause depression and discouragement; an acute illness or a cancer diagnosis can overwhelm the patient and the patient’s family with plenty of unknowns. 

To address these challenges, a ...