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Speak Up, Speak Out! 9 Ways to Advocate for Your Needs at the Doctor

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Speak Up, Speak Out! 9 Ways to Advocate for Your Needs at the Doctor


As she has shared, tennis legend Serena Williams faced life-threatening complications while giving birth to her baby girl Olympia last year. If it weren’t for Serena speaking up and pushing for doctors to listen to her, she may not have survived. Her story offers a perfect example of how important it is for us to be able to advocate for ourselves in healthcare settings.

Serena is not alone in feeling she had to make a concerted effort to speak up. Patients of all backgrounds are finding themselves on the short end of the stick in our current state of health care. Doctors are often overworked, exhausted, short on time, and are prone to make mistakes.

African Americans, in particular, find themselves feeling ignored and receiving a…

Please read original article Speak Up, Speak Out! 9 Ways to Advocate for Your Needs at the Doctor posted on Healthy Black Girls on 9 November 2018 | 3:25 pm —

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