The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get the Best Medical Care

The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get the Best Medical Care

The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get the Best Medical Care

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The Take-Charge Patient Puts the Expertise of 200 Medical Professionals in Your Hands

 Frustrated or confused about how to get good medical care? In her newest book, The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get The Best Medical Care, (Lemon Grove Press, on sale May 15, 2012) award-winning author and patient advocate, Martine Ehrenclou, empowers patients to become proactive, well informed participants in their own care. With advice and personal stories from over 200 doctors, nurses, pharmacists, health psychologists, patients and more, The Take-Charge Patient reveals insider information on how to cut through the red tape and navigate today’s complex health care system with confidence.

 Ehrenclou empowers readers with vital information on how to find the right doctor, how to communicate effectively with doctors, how to prepare for medical appointments, prevent medical errors and medication mistakes, obtain discounted medication, manage your health insurance, and much more. The Take-Charge Patient will forever change how you act as a patient and thereby vastly improve the quality of the medical care you receive.

Six months into her research for The Take-Charge Patient, Martine Ehrenclou developed debilitating, chronic pain and used every strategy in her new book. She went from author and advocate for others to an advocate for herself and became a take-charge patient. After eleven doctors failed to diagnose her correctly, Martine found her own diagnosis and the correct surgeon to treat her. She is now pain free.

According to Ehrenclou, your health care is a team sport. The Take-Charge Patient shows you how to take charge of what you can and become an effective player.

Martine Ehrenclou has also written the multiple award-winning Critical Conditions: The Essential Hospital. Guide to Get Your Loved One Out Alive (Lemon Grove Press). Ehrenclou writes monthly articles for several health websites, national magazines, and is interviewed regularly on national TV and radio such as ABC News, ABC World News, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Publishers Weekly, and many more. She frequently lectures on how to be an advocate for yourself and your loved ones at universities, hospitals and various organizations.

Book Awards

Winner of 16 Book Awards


Gold winner, Benjamin Franklin Book Awards

Bronze winner, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards

Gold winner, Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY)

Gold winner, Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Gold winner, Young Voices Foundation Awards

Gold winner, Global ebook Awards

Gold winner, Readers Views, Reviewers Choice Book Awards

Gold winner, USA Best Book Awards

Gold winner, The Written Art Awards

Gold winner, Mom's Choice Book Awards

Gold winner, Readers Favorite Book Awards

Silver winner, Nautilus Book Awards

Bronze winner, Living Now Book Awards

and many more….

Publishers Weekly

“Ehrenclou immediately sets a proactive tone for this empowering and refreshing roadmap to navigating the torturous healthcare system, outlining everything from how to manage health information to finding lower-cost/free healthcare. To research patient advocacy needs, Ehrenclou interviewed over 175 physicians and patients, aggregating responses and well placed quotes. She covers big-picture topics, like methods for researching your own condition and possible diagnoses, as well as more popular considerations, such as the best times to call a pharmacist. Full of cogent information.”


ForeWord Reviews

Similar to her first book, Critical Conditions: The Essential Hospital Guide to Get Your Loved One Out Alive, Martine Ehrenclou has written The Take-Charge Patient with the kind of authority and know-how that only someone who has experienced these challenges first-hand can achieve. The information is thorough, the tone comforting, and Ehrenclou’s straightforward suggestions make even the most daunting tasks—such as telling a long-time doctor you want a second opinion—seem doable.

For anyone facing a complex diagnosis or condition in today’s increasingly complicated health world, The Take-Charge Patient is a valuable tool and guide with sound advice that won’t soon be outdated.



Reviewed by Charline Ratcliff

“The Take-Charge Patient: How YOU Can Get The Best Medical Care” is an extremely well-written, well thought out and well put together book. This isn’t author Martine Ehrenclou’s first go round with providing helpful and informative information in an easy to understand format; her first book “Critical Conditions: The Essential Hospital Guide To Get Your Loved One Out Alive” received high accolades as well as fifteen separate awards. Ehrenclou seems to have a true calling as a patient advocate not only for herself but also for those in the world around her.

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