Patient Empowerment 101 by Dr. Ann M. Hester 

Patient Empowerment 101: More than a book, it's an adventure by Dr. Ann M. Hester
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More than a book, it’s an adventure!

Hi! I’m Ann Hester, M.D., a board-certified physician with over 25 years of experience. I wrote this book to empower you to successfully navigate the U.S. healthcare system in previously unimaginable ways. Please, think of me as Ann, a friend who happens to be a physician who will share a wealth of information to help you change your healthcare trajectory forever. Patient Empowerment 101 will impact how you approach your medical care for the rest of your life. It’s a fun read, full of pictures, charts, and questionnaires. No boring medical jargon here. You can even access a website that reinforces concepts taught in the book. In addition, you can take engaging online quizzes and watch informative videos featuring life-like characters. The website was created just for you.

The book teaches invaluable healthcare principles once known only by medical professionals. You’ll become empowered to communicate with doctors on a level you never imagined. Imagine knowing specific questions your doctor will want to know about common medical symptoms BEFORE she even asks! You’ll learn how to think thru your illness when your symptoms first begin. Symptom-specific questionnaires are provided in the book as well.

You’ll also learn how to create a concise copy of personal health records, a must in this healthcare climate. You can download additional Word forms for both your medical records and your symptoms as often as you like. You can even fill them out and save them to your computer before you print a copy.

  1. Learn how to communicate with physicians on an unprecedented level.
  2. Prepare for upcoming visits to the doctor to make the most out of every minute.
  3. Chart details of common symptoms that will help your doctor diagnose you faster, often with fewer tests and procedures.
  4. Learn how to pick the right doctor and research his credentials.
  5. Understand various types of health insurance and go thru a case study.
  6. Develop your own personal copy of vital health records. Download charts to facilitate this process.
  7. Understand the power of the health advocate, paid or free.
  8. Learn tips on how to use technology to improve your health.
  9. Understand commonly ordered tests and terms your doctor may use when explaining results.
  10. Review a glossary of standard medical terms. A pronunciation key is provided.
  11. Understand standard medical abbreviations.
  12. And more!
Chick Lit Cafe book review:

Patient Empowerment 101: More than a book, it’s an adventure by Dr. Ann M. Hester is a one-of-a-kind, excellent practical guidebook that empowers the reader to optimize their own healthcare. A straightforward, pleasurable read and packed with wisdom, this is a self-help book you’ve simply got to read!

This is absolutely the best guide I’ve ever read on taking control of your own healthcare. In fact, I’ve never read a book like it. From the first page, I began to learn things, and I now have a clear understanding of what doctors need from us as patients, and what we can do to feel in control of our healthcare. Dr. Hester has taken the time to pour her years of experience into a book to help patients. It sheds light on the significant maze that is the U.S. Healthcare system. It empowers the reader to optimize their own medical care, by giving clear, easy-to-understand, and follow advice. This is an everyman/woman bible of medical advice. Its pragmatic approach delivers vital information that is beneficial to everyone but especially to those of us who feel we have no control over our healthcare. With lists of symptoms and possible causes, a very helpful breakdown of what HPI (history of present illness) is and what it’s used for, and an appendix of medical terms, this really is an informative and insightful aid. Why not take one step closer to maximizing your doctor/patient relationship and have a read? You’ll not regret it.

Dr. Ann Hester has given us a wonderful roadmap to taking control of our own healthcare. Her 25 years of expertise fill the pages with knowledge, wisdom and invaluable advice, which I think everyone should read.  Filled with vital, commonsense, and in-depth information to empower you as a patient, Patient Empowerment 101: More than a book, it’s an adventure by Dr. Ann M. Hester comes highly recommended by Chick Lit Café.

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