Healthcare can be confusing. Tests, treatments, diagnoses, insurance. It’s a lot. And it sure doesn’t help that despite their best intentions, patients and healthcare workers often seem to be speaking different languages—and sometimes actually are.
Consider this book the Rosetta Stone of healthcare: a tool to help patients communicate their wants and needs in a way their care team can understand.The Patient’s Companion covers common healthcare topics like what to do if you’re told you have a chronic (long-term, often incurable) disease or when and how to get a second opinion. (Hint: It’s OK if you want to ask someone else!)
Our hope, along with the many teams of patients and healthcare workers who helped us write this, is that if everyone can communicate better, healthcare itself will work better too.