28 06, 2016

Calling the Shots in Your Medical Care by Beth Gainer

By | June 28th, 2016|Book Reviews & Awards, Current Health Topics|0 Comments

13563483_10206104729407913_459234551_nBeth Gainer’s book, Calling the Shots in Your Medical Care, is a must-read for every patient and caregiver. Written with a straightforward and compelling voice, Gainer offers sound advice to get the best medical care. She should know. She is a breast cancer survivor who lived through and overcame many challenges in her medical journey.

Calling the Shots in Your Medical Care focuses on the all-important doctor-patient relationship, showcasing the quality of that relationship and it’s direct connection to good medical care. Through interesting stories, Gainer illustrates how to find a truly great doctor. We recognize physicians who treat patients with respect and who value patient participation in care. Armed with her own strategies and checklists, Garner finds some amazing doctors to treat her.

Through the author’s journey, we also recognize arrogant doctors who don’t listen to patients, those who aren’t interested in a collaborative relationship with patients. Gainer admits that a patient-centered, caring physician is not easy to find but emphasizes the importance of locating one.

The author’s many triumphs throughout her medical journey are not without horror stories and common frustrations with our healthcare system. The way Gainer handles the pitfalls had me cheering for her. I’ve not read a book thus far that empowers a patient as much as this one. She encourages patients to listen to their gut instincts, to speak up, to become informed, and to engage in care.

Having fully researched a treatment to prevent a reoccurrence of breast cancer, Gainer shows us by example how to achieve “doctor buy-in” on the medical treatment she believes is best for her. At the helm of her care, Gainer works in partnership with her chosen medical professionals. “A wonderful physician will also be open to the patient’s input,” she writes. This is key to patient-centered care and Gainer knows it.

The author admits to being somewhat intimidated by certain doctors, just like the rest of us. Her story about her oncologist who encourages her to speak up, to stand for herself as a patient, is the best example of patient empowerment I’ve read. Gainer is realistic about the demands and frustrations of dealing with time-pressed medical staff but gives herself permission to ask for what she wants anyway. Patients need to hear this more than ever now.

Beth Gainer’s personal journey with breast cancer also opens the door to her personal suffering with treatments, revealing just how difficult it can be to undergo chemotherapy and surgery with all the trappings of a complex and often frustrating medical system. Her story is one of triumph.

Calling the Shots in Your Medical Care is both an emotional and captivating read. It is packed with effective strategies for patients to get the best care while maintaining their sanity.

Calling the Shots in your Medical Care will be available July 5, 2016 and can be found at Beth Gainer’s website, www.BethGainer.com and on Amazon.


24 01, 2013

The Take-Charge Patient by Martine Ehrenclou, An In-Depth Look and Book Review

By | January 24th, 2013|Book Reviews & Awards|0 Comments

Everyone who sees or needs a doctor quite regularly should own a copy of this book. This compact guidebook for medical care could be a life-changer and a life-saver.  By Donald Reinhardt

The Take-Charge Patient is a book that grew out of the Martine Ehrenclou’s personal need for medical advice and treatment that was not forthcoming in her early doctor visits. After 16 months of multiple doctor visits, a true and valid diagnosis was found and treatment was secured that worked. This search for help and pain-relief took many months, many doctors and much research, investigation and soul-searching to get to that endpoint. In The Take-Charge Patient the author shares how to deal with medical issues, doctors and other personnel to reach the best outcome possible. All who read and heed her advice will benefit from the insights, guidelines and wisdom of this book published by Lemon Grove Press, LLC, Santa Monica, CA. ISBN 978-0-9815240-3-0.


13 12, 2012

SheSugar Reviews The Take-Charge Patient Book

By | December 13th, 2012|Book Reviews & Awards|0 Comments

I have had the pleasure of meeting Martine Ehrenclou, author of The Take-Charge Patient. She is an incredible patient advocate, who also happens to be wickedly smart and intuitive. Martine’s efforts fall nothing short of excellent.

You will find that The Take-Charge Patient speaks to everyone. Martine has essentially created a healthcare life vest and thrown it out there to help all of us. If you are wondering why some have sweet success in the healthcare arena while others are barely staying afloat, look no further.

Martine weaves her personal story beautifully and effectively throughout this book. Her offerings come from a place of witness, both personally and professionally. Martine’s story is unique, but it is one that is frequently and sadly repeated with different health conditions every day. Her tips, tricks and checklists are invaluable to anyone navigating the health care system.

Martine’s story is an unfortunate series of circumstances that have come full circle. Most ironically, she began to use the tactics from her first book Critical Conditions: The Essential Hospital Guide To Get Your Loved One Out Alive during her personal path of discovery about her health condition. Martine’s experiences throughout this process provided real life fodder for The Take-Charge Patient.

As a nurse, a patient, and a mother of a child with medical needs, I stand behind the tenets of this book. Medicine is infamously known for whipping right by you, rather than wrapping its arms around you. It is a rapid fire confusing process, and there is never enough time to address all of the patients needs both physically and emotionally. This book serves up wonderful recipes to successfully tackle our healthcare system- and come out on top.

What is the primary driver to read this book? If I’m certain about one thing it’s this- you or a loved one will be a patient in our health care system in your lifetime. The Take-Charge Patient is a brilliant headlamp, illuminating the way to a proactive and positive experience.

Cheers to Martine and her ability to take her life experience and turn it into a positive, comprehensive guide for others.

3 12, 2012

Book Review of Confident Voices: The Nurses’ Guide To Improving Communication & Creating Positive Workplaces

By | December 3rd, 2012|Book Reviews & Awards|0 Comments

When reading Confident Voices: The Nurses’ Guide To Improving Communication and Creating Positive Workplaces by Beth Boynton, RN, MS, I was stunned by how the nursing workplace is fraught with verbal abuse, bullying and a lack of respect for nurses as individuals. I couldn’t help but wonder how this kind of workplace conflict from supervisors, physicians, co-workers and others, translates to the quality of care for patients.

On the bright side, and a very bright side it is, Boynton offers some excellent strategies for effective communication, respectful listening, assertiveness training, setting boundaries and a collaborative approach to problem solving. She asks for behavior change from all sides—the administrators, physicians, supervisors and the nurses themselves.

A key element in Confident Voices is empowering nurses to feel more confident because confidence is a key to creativity and good will toward the workforce as a group. She gives many examples and stories to illustrate her effective theory. A current theme in health care is to empower patients or medical staff to become more invested in either providing or receiving care to increase quality of care, patient safety, patient and medical provider satisfaction and more. Boynton also emphasizes that having a sense of power or control over one’s life is closely tied to motivation. This also stands to reason. Listen up hospital administrators! (more…)

8 11, 2012

Leah’s Good Reads Reviews The Take Charge Patient

By | November 8th, 2012|Book Reviews & Awards|0 Comments

I rarely choose nonfiction informational books to review, but The Take Charge Patient caught my eye. For the last two years (and a little more) I’ve suffered from chronic pain. I’ve been to quite a few doctors and specialists and have heard much advice and opinions. I consider myself a fairly informed patient, so I was interested to see what Martine Ehrenclou had to say about being a take charge patient.

The book did not disappoint. The Take Charge Patient is filled with valuable advice about managing your own healthcare or the healthcare of a loved one. Ehrenclou repeats some of the information in various chapters, so the user can pick up the book and choose the chapter that seems applicable.

Ehrenclou recommends and gives detailed instructions for creating a medical history, a medical journal, and a medical ID card. Each chapter gives am checklist that the informed patient can follow when approaching his or her physician. She covers primary care doctors, surgeons, specialists, hospitals, and urgent care facilities as well as handling medications and misdiagnoses.

Besides the detailed and relevant information in the meat of the book, Ehrenclou also offers good information in the appendices, including copies of each chapter’s checklist, lists of online resources, and medical terms to know.

I thought the information here was invaluable. I look forward to having this as a resource for managing my healthcare. I give this one five stars for content.

22 10, 2012

Justin’s Hope Healthcare Blog Reviews The Take Charge Patient

By | October 22nd, 2012|Book Reviews & Awards|0 Comments

This new publication is a wonderful review of taking responsibility in becoming a take charge patient of your own health care and that of your loved ones. The concept of empowerment and responsibility is woven throughout the pages of Martine Ehrenclou’s new book, The Take-Charge Patient How YOU Can Get The Best Medical Care.

The many check lists for patients placed strategically throughout the chapters makes it an easy to read and understand instruction manual, almost workbook, that could save your life and ease your anxiety while you’re facing illness. Her collaboration with both physicians and patients along with Martine’s own tragic and preventable healthcare experience gives the reader a real global picture of opinions, ideas and valid concerns that will help the reader become a better consumer.

My first thought, being a mom and advocate for safer care, was that this book should be required reading for high school students. Start at the beginning. This basic healthcare knowledge along with conjoined courses on preventative care, finances, loans, budgets, exercise, safety, nutrition, support are what is needed in our schools to teach our children the basics before they go out on their own into an often chaotic world. Preparation is the key. Learning as you go can be dangerous. Useless mandatory courses should not trump the basics in education.

This is also an excellent read for those suffering chronic conditions who feel lost in the poorly designed continuation of care model that is before us presently…although new models are emerging as we speak, we aren’t where we need to be yet with patient centered smooth transitions of care so patients must get involved and remain partners in their own care from now on.

Do something for yourself and for your family and have them read this wonderful collaboration of best practices for patients based on common sense views and values with real time resources to guide you.

4 09, 2012

Digital Doorway Reviews The Take Charge Patient

By | September 4th, 2012|Book Reviews & Awards|0 Comments

The Take-Charge Patient
Martine Ehrenclou, M.A
Lemon Grove Press, LLC (2012)
ISBN 9780981524030
Reviewed by Keith Carlson, on Digital Doorway (Sept 4, 2012)

Martine Ehrenclou is a well-known and talented writer whose books “Critical Conditions” and “The Take-Charge Patient” have received well-deserved attention and praise. I have been happy to become acquainted with Martine through our connections on social media, and I’m happy to provide this review of “The Take-Charge Patient“, published by Lemon Grove Press in 2012. As always, I received no compensation for this post other than a review copy of the author’s book. (more…)

27 08, 2012

GoodReads Reviews The Take Charge Patient

By | August 27th, 2012|Book Reviews & Awards|0 Comments

The Take-Charge Patient
Martine Ehrenclou, M.A
Lemon Grove Press, LLC (2012)
ISBN 9780981524030
Reviewed by Robert H. on GoodReads (Aug 27, 2012)

This book is exactly what I would expect such a work to be. It is well written, informative, full of surprises and specific recommendations on how to deal with them. The language is simple enough that any high school graduate can understand it, but has enough depth to satisfy the most educated non-medical reader.

I would give it a ten if the scale went that high. However, since the scale only goes to five, I will have to settle for that.

I was half way through this book when I had a relatively minor medical emergency. I had not even finished the books’ recommendations and I started using them. They worked. I am not recommending that you ignore half the book, but my personal experience is that if you take the book’s recommendations and use them, you will get better care. That is the intent of this book. In my personal case, I can verify that it succeeded. (more…)

21 08, 2012

“The Medical Minute” with Michael Weiss Reviews The Take Charge Patient

By | August 21st, 2012|Book Reviews & Awards|0 Comments

2 08, 2012

HerCircle Reviews The Take Charge Patient

By | August 2nd, 2012|Book Reviews & Awards|0 Comments

The Take-Charge Patient
Martine Ehrenclou, M.A
Lemon Grove Press, LLC (2012)
ISBN 9780981524030
Reviewed by Kate Robinson for HerCircle (Aug. 2, 2012)

I work in a women’s health clinic and often interview patients about their gynecological care. Quite often, I hear from women about how little they like their gynecologist or primary care physician. They report to me everything from indifference in behavior to things that are egregious to the point of being reportable to licensing boards. I always remind patients that it is their choice about whom they see for medical care, and that they can, even in the middle of treatment, seek another care provider.

Several of my friends are midwives and doulas (labor/birth support providers). They talk about patients who feel badly about “abandoning” their ob/gyn, especially if the person is someone they’ve relied upon for gynecological care for several years. This happened to me with my first pregnancy. I knew I wanted a midwife and a home birth. However, until I found a midwife, I began my maternity care with my gynecologist. After my first visit, I knew we had a deep divide in our view of birth. (My doctor actually told me that having an epidural was just like natural birth because you were awake throughout the birth.)

As women, we need to advocate for ourselves in our medical care, whether it is our gynecological, obstetric or general medical care. We need to use our voices and speak up for ourselves to make sure we get the care we need and deserve. Martine Ehrenclou wrote The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get the Best Medical Care, which was published in May (Lemon Grove Press, 2012). In her book, Ehrenclou reminds us to be partners in our own care, and to develop a “team” of sorts. Especially when we face a long term or serious diagnosis, or we’re in the process of determining a diagnosis, we need support and assistance from others more than ever. (more…)

1 08, 2012

Not Running a Hospital Reviews The Take Charge Patient

By | August 1st, 2012|Book Reviews & Awards|0 Comments

The Take-Charge Patient
Martine Ehrenclou, M.A
Lemon Grove Press, LLC (2012)
ISBN 9780981524030
Originally posted on Not Running A Hospital by Paul Levy (Aug. 1, 2012)

In one of those ironies that sounds implausible, author Martine Ehrenclou found herself suffering from debilitating, chronic pain during the research for her book The Take-Charge Patient: How you can get the best medical care. So she got to try out her own advice. I am sure that helped strengthen the book and expand her already empathic view of the world. She notes, “I never expected to live each chapter of this book, but it did prove to me just how invaluable this information is.” (more…)

20 07, 2012

de blog Reviews The Take Charge Patient

By | July 20th, 2012|Book Reviews & Awards|0 Comments

The Take-Charge Patient
Martine Ehrenclou, M.A
Lemon Grove Press, LLC (2012)
ISBN 9780981524030
Originally posted on de blog (July 20, 2012)

(The Take-Charge Patient) the book is a must-have for anyone wanting to increase their odds of getting the best treatment possible. I knew I had to write about it.

I was aware Martine had written another book, and was only a few pages into this latest title, before I’d Amazon’d her first award-winning book, Critical Conditions: The Essential Hospital Guide to Get Your Loved One Out Alive. Though both came to be because of Martine’s own experiences, it felt as if she had written a story I’d already lived. Her account of dealing with the illness of her mother, was reminiscent of my own experience trying to do what I could, for my ailing mother. (more…)

1 07, 2012

The Feathered Quill Reviews The Take Charge Patient

By | July 1st, 2012|Book Reviews & Awards|0 Comments

The Take-Charge Patient
Martine Ehrenclou, M.A
Lemon Grove Press, LLC (2012)
ISBN 9780981524030
Reviewed by Amy Lignor from Feathered Quill Book Reveiws (July 19, 2012)

Knowing that this author’s first book, Critical Conditions, was a true ‘must-read,’ it is no surprise that this second offering is a necessity that will seriously help anyone and everyone who is tired and frustrated (and more than a little frightened) with the medical care that they are receiving in this country today. (more…)

24 06, 2012

Confident Voices Reviews The Take Charge Patient

By | June 24th, 2012|Book Reviews & Awards|0 Comments

The Take-Charge Patient
Martine Ehrenclou, M.A
Lemon Grove Press, LLC (2012)
ISBN 9780981524030
Reviewed by Beth Boynton, RN, MS for Confident Voices (June 24, 2012)

Author, Patient Advocate, Speaker and Patient, Martine Ehrenclou, M.A. has written a well-researched, understandable, comprehensive and powerful book that will help patients navigate our complex healthcare system while positively contributing to the evolution of the system itself! “The Take-Charge Patient: How YOU Can Get the Best Medical Care” is an outstanding resource for a variety of reasons.

The material covered includes communicating with physician(s) and the healthcare team, preventing medication errors, choosing and becoming a patient advocate, navigating a hospital stay, understanding your insurance plan, negotiating discounts, disease prevention, and legal documents. She also provides information on chronic care, telemedicine, concierge practices, tests and procedures and more. That’s why it is a comprehensive book. Ehrenclou’s writing is successful in explaining many complicated aspects of our healthcare system in a way that is understandable and engaging!

In addition to sharing her own story, she utilizes other patient’s stories, quotes from healthcare professionals, resources, and a very exciting two-pronged approach to ‘Patient Safety Checklists’. There are checklists at the end of many chapters and additional checklists grouped at the end of the book. They empower patients with questions designed to take ownership of their care with things that they are responsible for and holding physicians, nurses and pharmacists accountable for their roles. This is an extremely important step creating more collaborative healthcare teams and systems.

For example the first three questions are taken from chapter 2, (How to Become a Take-Charge Patient) and the second three from an addendum at the end of the book, (Patient Safety Checklists and Sample Questions for Yourself and Your Doctor).

“Am I ready to be a team player in my healthcare?”
“Am I ready to ask questions when I don’t understand something?”
“Am I ready to understand what medications I’m taking?”
“What will the surgery do for me?”
“What happens if the surgery is not successful?”
“Would you mind if I talked with one or two of your other patients who had the surgery?

In addition to individual use, I can envision it as a teaching resource for:

  • High School health courses.
  • Adult educational programs.
  • Hospital community outreach education efforts.

In a next edition or subsequent book, there is room for more emphasis on nursing, additional healthcare team members, (P.T., O.T., S.T, MSW, and para professionals) rehabilitation and long-term care.

Overall, the “Take-Charge Patient” is a great book for a lot of reasons. It is an outstanding book because of it’s ability progress our system from an old ‘us – them’ paternalistic model to a progressive ‘we’ collaborative one. I believe this is critical for safer, kinder, more cost-effective care.

18 06, 2012

Publisher’s Weekly Reviews The Take-Charge Patient

By | June 18th, 2012|Book Reviews & Awards|0 Comments

The Take-Charge Patient
Martine Ehrenclou, M.A
Lemon Grove Press, LLC (2012)
ISBN 9780981524030
Reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly (June 18, 2012)

Asserting that “It’s time for us to step up to the plate and take charge of ourselves as patients,” Ehrenclou (Critical Conditions) immediately sets a proactive tone for this empowering and refreshing roadmap to navigating the torturous healthcare system, outlining everything from how to manage health information to finding lower-cost/free healthcare. To research patient advocacy needs, Ehrenclou interviewed “over 175 physicians and patients,” aggregating responses and well-placed quotes. As she worked, however, Ehrenclou developed serious chronic pain and beta-tested her own advice, eventually securing treatment that would result in her being pain-free today. She covers big-picture topics, like methods for researching your own condition and possible diagnoses, as well as more particular considerations, such as the best times to call a pharmacist. Each chapter concludes with a first-person patient checklist that is both encouraging and practical. While full of cogent information, this exhaustive guide functions best as reference material for patients with the wherewithal and time to take on their own case. (May)

15 06, 2012

Rebecca’sReads Reviews of The Take-Charge Patient

By | June 15th, 2012|Book Reviews & Awards|0 Comments

The Take-Charge Patient
Martine Ehrenclou, M.A
Lemon Grove Press, LLC (2012)
ISBN 9780981524030
Reviewed by Charline Ratcliff for RebeccasReads (June 12, 2012)

The Take-Charge Patient: How YOU Can Get The Best Medical Care” is an extremely well-written, well thought out and well put together book. This isn’t author Martine Ehrenclou’s first go round with providing helpful and informative information in an easy to understand format; her first book “Critical Conditions: The Essential Hospital Guide To Get Your Loved One Out Alive” received high accolades as well as fifteen separate awards. Ehrenclou seems to have a true calling as a patient advocate not only for herself but also for those in the world around her.

In “The Take-Charge Patient: How YOU Can Get The Best Medical Care” Ehrenclou takes the reader by the hand and provides him/her with step by step instruction on how to become that oh so important “Take-Charge” patient. Rather than having her readers become medical victims due to their lack of medical knowledge and resources she provides them with the information and know how needed to take charge of their medical situations. Surely a higher level of knowledge and understanding will go a long way towards helping assuage a patient’s concern plus give him/her a needed sense of confidence that any medical condition has the possibility of completely stealing away or slowly eroding over time.

The Take-Charge Patient: How YOU Can Get The Best Medical Care” is laid out in an easy to read, easy to emulate format. After the introduction, which is followed by Ehrenclou’s story, the author then provides an easily understood roadmap with important mile markers for her readers to use. She shows her readers how to become “Take-Charge” patients; how to choose the right doctor and how to understand when they have the right doctor for them. I won’t go over Ehrenclou’s entire formula here but I was impressed (and appreciative) that it was in a concise and logical order rather than helter-skelter and all over the place.

In summary, “The Take-Charge Patient: How YOU Can Get The Best Medical Care” is excellent resource material. It is written in layman’s terms rather than hard to understand medical jargon and it has a sincere and honest quality to it. Almost as if the author cares about each and every one of us as an individual…

4 06, 2012

BookPleasures Reviews The Take Charge Patient

By | June 4th, 2012|Book Reviews & Awards|0 Comments

The Take-Charge Patient
Martine Ehrenclou, M.A
Lemon Grove Press, LLC (2012)
ISBN 9780981524030
Reviewed by Norm Goldman, for Book Pleasures (June 4, 2012)

Martine Ehrenclou mentions in the introduction to her, The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get the Best Medical Care that the book came about out of “a need to empower patients to become proactive, assertive and well-informed participants in their health-care.” And therein lies the fundamental ingredients of this excellent tome that is the outcome of Ehrenclou’s journey to find a cure for her own agonizing pelvic pain that she had been experiencing for some time.

Over a period of sixteen months, Ehrenclou transformed herself from a passive patient to a take-charge one as she consulted with twelve specialists and three alternative medicine practitioners. Unbelievable as it may seem, she was given eleven diagnoses, twenty-two medications and fifteen procedures and surgeries to treat and cure her pain. However, as she remarks, the end of the story was a happy one because the strategies that she reveals in her book did lead her to the right doctor who administered the right tests, diagnosis and treatment plan. Today, she is pain free.

To help us what it really means to be proactive about our health and the steps we must pursue, Ehrenclou has put together twenty-five informative chapters covering a multitude of topics which include choosing the best doctor for yourself, relationships with your doctor and his or her staff, preparing yourself for the doctor’s visit, different kinds of specialists, preventing medication errors and management of your medication, managing medical errors, (broken down into misdiagnosis, missed diagnosis and no diagnosis), researching your medical condition, securing discounted medical care and medications, health insurance, serious illnesses and chronic medical conditions, tests, procedures, and surgeries, hospital care, urgent care centers, retail medical clinics and the emergency room, health care prevention, how religious institutions can help you, patient advocacy, concierge doctors and patient-centered care, telemedicine and telehealth, and creating your own legal health care documents. In addition, the end of the book includes definitions of medical terms, resources and recommended books as well as references. There is also a very useful patient safety checklist and sample questions for yourself and your doctor.

All of Ehrenclou’s knowledge has been garnered not only from her own personal experiences concerning her ailment but also from the interviews she conducted with more than two hundred physicians, nurses, pharmacists, health psychologists, medical office managers, medical billers, patients and many more connected in one way or another.

While reading the chapters, I noticed that what is frequently hammered home is that we must become persistent, inquisitive, organized, active, flexible, confident, and friendly when it comes to our health-care. For example, if you find a doctor whom you can collaborate with in a partnership relationship concerning your health, don’t be shy in asking questions pertaining to your diagnosis, treatment and prescribed medications. Good doctors welcome feedback from their patients and heed the advice of Sir William Osler, Father of Modern Medicine, “Listen to the patient. He is telling you the diagnosis.” However, as pointed out, your doctor is not a magician. To become a valuable partner and to maximize your time with him or her, you must be truthful in providing as much information about your health as possible. This will entail creating your own health file or kit containing such information as your health history, surgeries, procedures, medical conditions and diagnosis over your lifetime, medications, list of doctors whom you see, health insurance information and anything else related to your health.

One of the many chapters I found particularly useful concerned the prevention of medication errors and the management of medications. Did you know that according to the Institute of Medicine, medication errors injure a whopping 1.5 million people a year? This is the bad news and we do appreciate that to err is human, however, the good news is that we can prevent it and as the author indicates, the most comprehensive and foolproof way to prevent these mistakes is to take charge of the medications you currently take. Learn about their brand and generic names, dosages, which medical condition you are taking each for and what each medicine looks like. There are excellent resources on the Internet and elsewhere that you can easily consult to aid you.

Ehrenclou has done a masterful job in thoroughly packing her book with extremely persuasive and useful advice about what it really means to take a proactive stance when it comes to your health. The text is precise, well-researched, reader friendly and enriched with compelling examples and anecdotes. Without doubt, this book will bring attention to the need to change our mindsets from being reactive to becoming proactive concerning our health care as it illustrates that your role as a healthcare consumer has never been more important than it is today. And understanding how to navigate the system will cut down on frustration, wasted time, energy, and delays in securing the best care.

31 05, 2012

ForeWord Reviews The Take Charge Patient

By | May 31st, 2012|Book Reviews & Awards|0 Comments

The Take-Charge Patient
Martine Ehrenclou, M.A
Lemon Grove Press, LLC (2012)
ISBN 9780981524030
Reviewed by Cindy Wolfe Boynton for ForeWord Review (May 31, 2012) 

Similar to her first book, Critical Conditions: The Essential Hospital Guide to Get Your Loved One Out Alive, Martine Ehrenclou has written The Take-Charge Patient with the kind of authority and know-how that only someone who has experienced these challenges first-hand can achieve. The information is thorough, the tone comforting, and Ehrenclou’s straightforward suggestions make even the most daunting tasks—such as telling a long-time doctor you want a second opinion—seem doable. (more…)

15 05, 2012

Reader Views Reviews The Take Charge Patient

By | May 15th, 2012|Book Reviews & Awards|0 Comments

The Take-Charge Patient
Martine Ehrenclou, M.A
Lemon Grove Press, LLC (2012)
ISBN 9780981524030
Reviewed by Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson for Reader Views (May 15, 2012)

If one would be completely honest with oneself, I think most of us would admit to quite a few issues with the way we participate in our own healthcare. And no, I am not simply talking about taking better care of ourselves and doing “the right things,” but also about being proactive in any actions related to the healthcare we receive, or should receive. All too often we don’t give that enough thought, if any, and when disaster strikes, we are very ill equipped to deal with it, and its consequences. That’s why I believe that every American family should read and keep a copy of the excellent “The Take-Charge Patient,” the well researched and fantastically organized book by Martine Ehrenclou. (more…)

14 05, 2012

Booksellersworld Reviews The Take Charge Patient

By | May 14th, 2012|Book Reviews & Awards|0 Comments

The Take-Charge Patient
Martine Ehrenclou, M.A
Lemon Grove Press, LLC (2012)
ISBN 9780981524030
Reviewed by Teri Davis for Booksellersworld (May 14, 2012)

Who is the one person who is most responsible for the quality of your health care? It’s not your doctor. It’s you.

When you’re sick, really sick, you call the doctor. Then the average person trusts that the doctor has the correct diagnosis and then prescribes proper treatment to get you back to normal. This sounds fairly simple but in reality can be a complete nightmare, especially if the diagnosis is wrong and the prescription does not heal the real problem. What do you do then?

While writing this book, the author, Martine Ehrenclou, had developed a pain which became worse. She went to a variety of doctors which prescribed many different treatments, including surgeries. Eventually, after many painful challenges that were literally debilitating, she was able to have a correct diagnosis and was able to have surgery to solve the initial problem. These experiences ended up being the perfect guideline for her utilizing her own recommendations to this excellent resource. (more…)

29 04, 2012

Praise for The Take-Charge Patient by Martine Ehrenclou

By | April 29th, 2012|Book Reviews & Awards|0 Comments

The Take-Charge Patient is an excellent resource for patients.  Comprehensive and thorough, it provides patients with informed checklists to ensure they get the best care possible. Patients who are actively involved in their healthcare realize better outcomes.— Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD, Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Bloomberg School of Public Health; Director, The Armstrong Institute of Safety and Quality, author of Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals

“Well done! It’s time the medical system worked for YOU! Health advocate, Martine Ehrenclou, comes to the rescue, showing you how to go from being a “medical victim” to a “take-charge patient.”– Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, best-selling author, Beat Sugar Addiction Now!, From Fatigued to Fantastic, Real Cause Real Cure and Pain Free 1-2-3

“Entering today’s medical system can be life-saving but also bewildering and dangerous. Take the guesswork out of your experience by letting Martine Ehrenclou be your guide. You will not find a better ally.”— Larry Dossey, MD, best-selling author, Healing Words, Reinventing Medicine, and The Power of Premonitions

The Take-Charge Patient should be considered the Bible of the participatory medicine movement. Ms. Ehrenclou’s book is written for easy understanding, with every topic a patient, caregiver, or advocate could think of. There are checklists which make organization of thoughts more simplified. Regardless of one’s educational or medical experiences, this book will serve to assist anyone going to an initial doctor visit or facing a complex medical diagnosis. She has a rare empathetic view encompassing patients, caregivers, and health care providers. I recommend that the government and every health insurance company give this book to their consumer/patients.”— David Lee Scher, MD, FACP, FACC, FHRS

“What role can patients play if they want to get the best medical care?  The answers are in this excellent book. Martine Ehrenclou has provided very useful recommendations for people to maximize their chances of getting the best medical care they can. She bravely describes her own ordeal with a chronic pain condition that lead to a successful treatment only because she continued to search for answers. Utilizing the recommendations and patient safety checklists in this book is the best way to influence your doctor to treat you in the most appropriate way possible. You need to influence your doctor to make the effort to give you the best care he can.”— Larry Miller, MD, FACP, Clinical Professor, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

“This useful book provides a roadmap to help patients to navigate the health care system and regain control. Martine Ehrenclou provides a balanced set of suggestions for things to do – and not to do – all organized into common-sense categories and simple checklists. And she has road-tested virtually all of it herself in the course of her own medical encounters. This book explains how you can become your own best advocate, and improve your chances to benefit from the care you receive.” — Albert W. Wu, MD, MPH, Professor/Director, Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Take Charge Patient is the second book in Martine Ehrenclou’s incredible body of work. It masterfully assists us, once again, in knowing how to take care of ourselves medically in this very challenging world. Martine has written such a brilliant and powerful roadmap for our success.” — Debbie Robins. M.A., best–selling author and Huffington Post blogger.

“Consider this book your healthcare GPS – an essential reference and toolkit filled with practical advice on navigating this country’s complex medical system.  Put this at the top of your reading list!” — Zouhdi Hajjaj, MD

“This new book from an established author, and recently a successfully treated complex patient, is an important contribution from the enlarging community of patient advocates and provides everyone with core information on how to become a successful patient in today’s complicated health care environment. The Take Charge Patient is refreshing in how it advocates the establishment of strong interpersonal communication and relationship building as the essence for successful health care. Patients and health care providers all want the best of outcomes – this books helps everyone to learn how to make that happen by focusing on people-to-people interactions.”— Peter B. Angood, MD, CEO, American College of Physician Executives

“Martine’s insights in this book are invaluable. The strategies and recommendations provided are presented in an easy-to-assimilate style. This book should be mandatory reading for all patients, particularly those searching for a new physician, or facing the prospect of a major procedure or surgery.”— Daniel Wohlgelernter, MD

“A brilliant and powerful roadmap for your success. The Take-Charge Patient masterfully assists us in knowing how to take care of ourselves medically in this very challenging world.” (Huffington Post)

“…wholeheartedly recommended to anyone who wants to take charge of their medical care. The Take-Charge Patient provides insider information that is a powerful resource for patients and caregivers alike. It empowers you to be proactive, and will be a valued book on my shelf for a long time to come.” (On My Bookshelf)

19 04, 2012

Second Excerpt From The Take-Charge Patient in KevinMD

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Tips to maximize the relationship with your doctor

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An excerpt from The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get The Best Medical Care (Lemon Grove Press) which will be released May 15, 2012. 

Here are a few suggestions that will help you make the most of your relationship with your doctor. They are for your benefit as a patient, because the more you know, the more empowered you will feel.

Remember That Doctors Are Human Beings

Almost every health care professional emphasized that we all must realize that doctors are people just like us. They have personalities, feelings, good days, bad days, families and social lives.

Sometimes doctors are forced to sacrifice important events to tend to their patients. They miss their kids’ soccer games, medical appointments, school meetings and social events. Sure, they chose their profession, but the demands and sacrifices are great. I never realized just how much they sacrifice for  Read Excerpt

19 04, 2012

Excerpt From The Take-Charge Patient Published on KevinMD

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Communicate and strengthen your relationship with your doctor

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An excerpt from The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get The Best Medical Care (Lemon Grove Press) which will be released May 15, 2012. 

Your Relationship with Your Doctor

“A good relationship with your physician can lead to better medical care.”

-Zouhdi A. Hajjaj, MD, internal Medicine, Yarmouthport, MA

Your relationship with your doctor is an important one that can last for many years. It is a partnership. You and your doctor collaborate to maintain your good health and to treat any medical conditions, illnesses or injuries that occur. A good doctor-patient relationship includes mutual trust, respect and good communication.


Communication is one of the major components of a good relationship with your doctor. If you and your doctor don’t communicate well this increases the probability for medical errors, erodes trust, and can ultimately compromise your medical care.

Good communication means that you and your doctor work as a team.

Good communication includes: Read more here