A Prescription for Advocacy – the results may surprise you!

From March 2008 to March 2009, Advocacy for Patients with Chronic Illness and the University of Michigan Center for Managing Chronic Disease conducted a survey of more than 1500 people with chronic illnesses.

The goal of the survey was to identify the obstacles facing people with chronic illness – financial, social, emotional, etc. – and the strategies they use to surmount those obstacles.  These very detailed surveys, which took about an hour to complete, generated a very rich trove of data that has been compiled in the first paper about the survey, Living with Chronic Illness: A Prescription for Advocacy.

Some of the results will not surprise you if you live with chronic illness.  For example, even though most of the people who responded to the survey have insurance, Medicaid or Medicare, more than half of them reported skipping medical care due to cost.  But some of the results may surprise you.  For example, patients who see their doctors less are more satisfied with their care than those who see their doctors more often.

Read the paper free here.  { https://www.advocacyforpatients.org/pdf/Living%20with%20Chronic%20Illness%20paper.pdf }

Or for more information about this survey or the advocacy organization, Advocacy for Patients with Chronic Illness, contact Jennifer Jaff – Patient_advocate@sbcglobal.net