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According to Johns Hopkins University's expert on such matters, Jennifer L. Wolff, PhD, assistant professor in the Bloomberg School's Department of Health Policy and
Management, older patients do better when someone takes them to doctor visits and participates in communication efforts with relevant medical professionals.
Wolff says, "We found that patients were more satisfied with their care when visit companions were actively involved in the communication between patient and provider."
Gosh. My book explains why EVERYONE is better off taking a friend or relative along on doctor visits: The STRESS of facing an illness (pain, fear, sadness), coupled with the complications affecting the patient's health (dietary and medicinal changes, a body that's working in negative and embarrasing ways, endless phone calls and faxes, the tiring and maddening efforts to reach medical appointments etc.) tends to dominate the patient's focus. Memory banks seem to need help for handling added information.
The patient needs a sympathetic, attentive listener on hand to clarify matters with medical professionals and to keep the patient informed of ever-changing realities. Many of those realities cause further emotional turmoil. The sick person needs a "time out" so to speak, to make an emotional recovery while someone else records new appointments for medical tests, figures out how to finesse necessary paperwork and all that other dreary stuff.
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lists suggestions for making the most of medical visits with a little advance preparation and wise follow-up ideas. Having a companion along for doctor visits is only one piece of medical and mental health professional-approved advice in the book.
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