Wednesday, September 19, 2007
The Empowered Patient
Knowledge is power. It sounds trite, but it is true. Think about it. If you keep an eye on the stock market and read up on investing, you are more likely to make money. If you know something about cars, then you are less likely to get bad advice from your mechanic.
The same thing is true with health care. If you know the right questions to ask your doctor and what to look for, then you are more likely to get the treatment you need. A few months ago, CNN Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen began writing a column called Empowered Patient on CNN.com. Each week, we talk with experts and advocates about real life medical issues. It is practical advice, information you can use NOW - no Petri dish science.
We have been excited by the response and know there are many stories out there to be told. We want to hear from you. What are the topics you'd like us to tackle? Do you have any stories about becoming a more 'empowered patient'?
Elizabeth Cohen's Empowered Patient reports can also be seen on "House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta" at 830 a.m. Saturday and Sunday ET.
ABOUT THE BLOGGet a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends -- info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.
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