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See Tom Brokaw on Dateline describing his patient journey, his views on patient advocacy and how his illness affected his family.

http://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/video/full-episode--tom-brokaw--a-lucky-life-interrupted-446194755667

Medical Errors and Hospital Outcomes

This is an article published in the online BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) in 2015 about how medical errors are estimated to now be the 3rd leading cause of death in the US after heart disease and cancer.

http://www.bmj.com/content/353/bmj.i2139

http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/study_suggests_medical_errors_now_third_leading_cause_of_death_in_the_us


This article published by NPR in 2013 describes earlier studies of medical errors in the US and demonstrates the drastic increase in reported errors in 4 years.

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2013/09/20/224507654/how-many-die-from-medical-mistakes-in-u-s-hospitals

This is an article published by NPR detailing the research conducted in 2015  by the physicians at Johns Hopkins regarding medical errors

http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=476636183

Nurses as Advocates

This is an article published in the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing which is a scholarly journal published by the American Nurses Association. This article details the role of nurses as advocates in the private, public and political arenas.  It also details how a nurse advocate may be able to help prevent medical errors.

http://nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/TableofContents/Vol-17-2012/No1-Jan-2012/Advocacy-in-Community-and-Legislative-Arena.html

Our Founder and CEO's blog

Our founder and CEO, Elizabeth Alvis, ND, BS, RN, has a blog detailing the merits of patient advocacy and how they can help you personally in your health care journey.  Visit the blog here:

https://wordpress.com/posts/patientadvocacyspecialists.wordpress.com