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Medical Advocacy Specialist

Integrated MD Care

Palliative Care & Counseling located in San Diego, CA

Medical advocacy is a specialized service that helps you navigate the complex health care choices you face when you’re diagnosed with a severe or terminal illness. Bob Uslander, MD, and Rev. Elizabeth Semenova, MSW, MTS, at Integrated MD Care in Del Mar, California, serve as medical advocates, helping you make informed choices and ensuring your medical care fulfills your wishes. To learn more about medical advocacy, call or use the online booking feature to schedule a consultation.

Medical Advocacy Q & A

What is medical advocacy?

A medical advocate supports patients faced with complex health care decisions and end-of-life care. Your advocate at Integrated MD Care fully understands your medical history, as well as your current and future health care needs.

As your advocate, they explain your condition and treatment options so you can make an informed decision. Then they make sure your voice is heard by communicating with all the medical professionals involved in your care.

What services might I receive during medical advocacy?

The team at Integrated MD Care includes experts in medicine, psychology, spirituality, and palliative and end-of-life care. 

As your medical advocate, they promptly respond to your questions and concerns. They’re also consistently available whenever you need advice, answers, or intervention. When providing medical advocacy services, the Integrated MD Care team serves to:

Advocate

They advocate for patients and families across all systems, whether you receive your care at home or in a hospital, long-term care facility, hospice center, or any other institution.

Collaborate

They collaborate with all your health care providers to optimize your care. Your Integrated MD Care advocate talks with your specialist physicians to get the full picture and help you gain a better understanding of your condition. They coordinate with other doctors to ensure their treatment meets your goals and wishes.

Facilitate decisions

As patients and their families navigate terminal illness and end-of-life care, they face many complex decisions encompassing:

  • Medical choices
  • Pain management
  • Advance care planning
  • Medical aid in dying
  • Alternative therapies
  • Palliative care
  • Hospice care

Nothing is more important than working with a medical advocate from Integrated MD Care who fully understands and has experience with these issues.

When should I consider using a medical advocate?

You can seek the help of a medical advocate at any time during your care, but obtaining their help early in the process can relieve your stress. You may feel overwhelmed by all your choices or you may not even be presented with options from your current medical team. 

Maybe you feel pressured to make decisions before you can fully define your own goals and wishes. A medical advocate from Integrated MD Care works with you to solve all these issues, giving you the peace that comes with knowing your medical care best matches your needs.

If you face complex health care decisions, call Integrated MD Care or use the online booking feature to schedule a consultation.

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