Advocacy in Health Care by Kevin Teasdale

By Kevin Teasdale

Advocacy in future health Care offers a research-based framework for advocacy that may be used as a consultant to daily medical perform. It discusses find out how to converse out on behalf of sufferers and consumers in addition to how you can empower them to talk out for themselves. the most subject matters are illustrated with case-study examples from common hospitals and neighborhood settings, in addition to from the fields of studying disabilities and psychological well-being. This publication will attract scholars, certified execs and self sufficient advocates operating with sufferers and consumers in the health-care process, together with nurses, medical professionals, social employees and people in professions allied to medication.

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They sort of talked to me. They tried to explain what they were going to do. You see I had to have monitoring of my heart, and one or two examinations.  . They didn't just bring this equipment and get on with what they were doing. They sort of explained what they were going to do. The striking thing about this account is the passive nature of the patient. She was 'brought on the ambulance' and 'had to have monitoring of my heart'. Things were being done that this adult did not fully understand but which she was willing to accept as being for the best.

I found out more by a friend phoning a helpline and getting information. When I said this to my GP he did tell me more about my condition. He said at the hospital the specialists are too highly qualified and so they don't have the time to spend with you. Although the explanation given by the GP sounds like a caricature of modern medical practice, it reveals a common assumption about specialists which tends to restrict information and therefore choice. The argument that at least some of the professionals are highly qualified leads on to the view that one ought to place one's trust in them because it is impossible to match their expertise in this particular field of illness.

The hospital itself and the senior managers employed there also had their reputations damaged by the sequence of events. Whistleblowing and the Law The legal position for staff who take their advocacy as far as Graham Pink is not particularly supportive. All employees who have been in post for a specified minimum period have a right not to be unfairly dismissed under employment protection legislation (Thorold 1981). This means that an employer could be challenged in an industrial tribunal to show that there was a legally sound reason for the dismissal and that the disciplinary process was conducted fairly.

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