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.