Advocacy in Health Care

Author: Kevin Teasdale


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  • ISBN: 9780632049776
  • Author: Kevin Teasdale
  • Publ Date: 1998-07-07
  • Edition:
  • Pages: 176
  • Imprint: BLACKWELL *#
  • Status: ACT
  • ID - 6589

Table of Contents :

The nature of advocacy; The risks of advocacy; Types of advocacy; An advocacy flowchart; Wants and their assessment; Empowering clients to self advocate; External advocacy; Reducing the risks; Advocacy schemes for people with special needs; The role of patients' relatives; Independent advocacy; Supervision; An advocacy curriculum; Case studies; The way forward; References; Index


To maintain the correct balance between patient choice and patient protection, all health care practitioners must draw on their own knowledge and training. Patients often feel they have been badly informed, or have been deprived of the power to make decisions, even though the practitioner was "acting in the patient's best interests". This book discusses and evaluates the two main approaches to advocacy: empowering the patients with information, and endorsing their needs by speaking out on their behalf. It is an accessible yet authoritative analysis of the nature of advocacy in the health care professions, and puts forward a research-based model which practitioners can use in their study or in everyday


"Kevin Teasdale opens the eyes of the sceptics among healthcare professionals to the fundamentals of advocacy in a manner that is stimulating and non-confrontational" "This book is a good read for all those currently acting as advocates. With its clear explanations of all the parameters surrounding the field, through to guidelines for training and development, as well as practice, it is as useful to those who currently practise advocacy as those who are considering taking on this worthy mantle. " Health Service Journal "The book is ideally suited to the needs of nurses. For students, often unsupported as they begin to grapple with some of the dilemmas discussed...this could be an invaluable text." Journal of Interprofessional Care


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