One of the primary responsibilities of an advocate working with Migraine patients it to help them have accurate information so they can work more efficiently and effectively with their doctors as treatment partners.
To accomplish this, it's essential that we have a good working knowledge of Migraine disease. We also need to know at least the basics of other headache disorders as well so we can share this knowledge and so we can recognize sources of reliable information to recommend to patients.
There are a couple of quotes about knowledge that I especially like:
"Knowledge is Power."
translated from the original Latin, "Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est."
~ Sir Francis Bacon in Meditationes Sacræ. De Hæresibus (1597).
"Knowledge is the best prescription."
~ Dr. C Everett Koop
Surgeon General of the United States, 1982 - 1989.
Obviously, any advocate needs knowledge about the condition that affects the patients with whom we work. We also need to avail ourselves of knowledge in other areas such as:
- health and prescription insurance coverage;
- laws such as HIPAA, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and others;
- information about medications and other treatments and complementary therapies; and
- much more.
It's impossible to become an expert in all areas, but we can do the next best thing. We can build a network of colleagues and contacts who can fill in the blanks when we don't have the information our patients may need. That way, when we can't answer questions, we know who can. That's where wisdom comes in. Where knowledge is concerned, part of wisdom is realizing that we can't know everything and when it's time to turn to someone else for assistance.
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© Teri Robert, 2012
Last updated April 23, 2012.