Patient Advocacy

It’s a Wonderful Life

In the classic movie It's a Wonderful Life, George Bailey discovers how mistaken he was to ...
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If Peter had received the proper care, would he still be with us?

Having a child die is a devastating experience for any family. Having a child die due to negligence, or discrimination ...
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HOMES OF LIFE ACROSS AMERICA: A New Pathway of Care for the Elderly, Sick, and Terminally Ill

By Ed and Nan Weber In 1992, we founded the Holy Family Ministry Center "for the Renewal and Restoration of ...
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UNDER ATTACK! Conscience Rights: Healthcare Providers’ Right to Refuse to Kill

By Ralph A. Capone, M.D. and Julie Grimstad Conscientious objection, when exercised by healthcare practitioners, is a refusal to provide ...
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The Golden Rule Revisited

By Edwin Leap, MD I wrote and published this several years ago. It first appeared in Emergency Medicine News, ...
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A Patient Advocate’s Story: Saving A Life From Four States Away

By Allison Wiggins I was a guardian to a homeless man in Corpus Christi in 1998. This man, Stanley Nowak, ...
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Just To See Him Smile

By Margaret Pole We generally accept the fact that meaningful ventures such as pursuing a vocation, sustaining ...
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A Trisomy 18 Story

Katie and Ryan Paul Buck, residents of Des Moines, Iowa, are the parents of two sons, two-year-old Daniel and six-month-old ...
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Brain Death Run Amok

Here is another dangerous medical futility trend that originates in California. First there was Jahi McMath, who is still ...
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When Going To Die Becomes Supposed To Die

By Jennifer Warner Physician-assisted suicide (PAS) is often touted as essential for patient autonomy. However, apart from the immorality of ...
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Misdiagnosed And Overdosed, Grandmother Rescued From Hospice

Family members often feel powerless and hopeless when they realize that a loved one in hospice care has been put ...
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Unexpected Recoveries

Some patients are prematurely declared dead or too far gone to benefit from medical treatment. Also, many patients are diagnosed ...
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Texas, a State Where Patients’ Wishes Don’t Matter

Texas, a State Where Patients' Wishes Don't Matter by Texas Right to Life Two days before Christmas, forty-six-year-old Chris Dunn ...
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Nancy Valko Blog

A Nurse's Perspective on Life, Healthcare and Ethics ...
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Tips on bedside care

Learning how to care for your loved one without straining is important. There are many challenges to come in caring ...
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It’s just common sense: Treat the sick and infirm

Patients who want treatment should not be denied it even when there is only a faint hope of curing or ...
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Patient advocates put compassion into action

A patient may need someone he trusts by the bedside in order to feel secure enough to go to sleep. ...
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Patient advocates help provide essential care to patients

Who are near death, seriously or chronically ill, profoundly injured or disabled A seriously ill or profoundly physically or ...
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Helping a Person Face Infirmity

"It is easier to be than to watch..." By LaRee Pickup I have earned a Ph.D. in grief at ...
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Creating a home instead of a hospice

LORETO ON THE PLAINS: The Home that Faith Built “We know what we have here and want to share it ...
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