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The Essential Patient Handbook

Getting the Health Care You Need - From Doctors Who Know

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The Essential Patient Handbook was written for the millions of Americans who are dissatisfied with their medical care, and are looking for a practical no-nonsense way to get the help they need from their doctors. It contains lessons learned by two doctors (husband and wife) who endured immense challenges on the patient side of the medical care system. Here are the secrets to:
  • getting your doctor to listen
  • preparing information your doctor needs to know
  • understanding the reasoning behind your doctor's questions
  • asking the essential questions about tests, diagnoses, medications, surgery, and second opinions
  • checking for medication side effects and drug interactions
  • dealing with confusing insurance and billing forms
  • working with your doctor when considering alternative and complementary medicines
  • handling difficult doctor-patient interactions
  • dealing with a hospital stay

The Essential Patient Handbook will walk readers through the entire medical evaluation process, from the first question to the last. It gives them a guide to thoroughly prepare medical information BEFORE seeing a doctor, and explains why each piece of information is crucial. The information prepared with the aid of this book are symptom-specific, and will help physicians to arrive at a differential diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is established, it will help readers prepare further information that your doctors needs to learn to remain on top of your medical condition."

Product Details

  • Publication Date August 01, 2004
  • Page Count 288
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781932603026

About The Author(s)

Dr. Alan Ettinger MD

Alan B. Ettinger, MD, MBA, is Chief of the Division of Epilepsy and Electroencephalography, Department of Neurology, at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York, and director of the Huntington Hospital Seizure Monitoring Program in Huntington, New York. He is Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, President of the Long Island Epilepsy Foundation Professional Advisory Board, and has published widely in medical journals and textbooks on the topic of epilepsy.

Deborah Weisbrot

Deborah M. Weisbrot, MD, is Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic and is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University Medical Center at Stony Brook, NY. Dr. Weisbrot has focused her clinical and research work in the areas of anxiety and aggression, and the psychiatric aspects of medical illness in children and adolescents.

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book
The Medical Evaluation Process and Developing Your Own Medical Record
What are You Complaining About? - The Chief Complaint
Make Your Mark in History - Your History of Present Illness (HPI)
Your Specific Symptoms
Blast From the Past - Your Past Medical History
All in the Family - Your Family History
Put Yourself to the Test - Your Prior Diagnostic Workup
Current and Prior Treatments
Beyond the Facts and Figures - Your Psychosocial History
Your Current and Future Health
Did We Forget Anything? - The Review of Systems
Let's Get Physical - The Physical Examination
Testing Patients, Not Your Patience - Future Tests and Procedures
Putting it all Together - How the Doctor Arrives at the Diagnosis
To Waste Time or Not Waste Time, That is the Question - The Follow-up Visit and Specific Diagnoses
Special Situations
Your Child's Medical History
The Psychiatric Consultation for Adults and Children
Preparing the Medical Evaluation for Patients with Impaired Thinking
Whose Life is it Anyway? - Preparing Advance Directives
Questions for the Doctor
Not Asking About Test Results Is Out of the Question
Questions About Your Diagnosis and When to Get a Second Opinion
If You Don't Ask Questions About Your Medications, You Are Asking for Trouble
Surgery and Others Procedures Are Not a Cut and Dry Matter
Don't Compliment a Doctor Who Won't Discuss Complementary Medicine
Call of the Wild or Don't Get Excited When You Call Your Doctor
Other Useful Information
Don't Go Out of Your Mind When You Go Out Of Network - Understanding Medical Insurance Plans
You Don't Have to Be a Doctor to Get a Medical Education - Ignorance is NOT Bliss When It Comes to Your Health
Doctors: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Don't Let Difficult Doctors Get On Your Case
Feelings You May Have When You See the Doctor
Read this BEFORE You Go to the Hospital
Final Thoughts
Completed History Form Example
Common Medical Errors Related to Testing
Differential Diagnosis
Medication Categories"