Calling the Shots, the Book, is Here!

Posted on: July 5th, 2016 by

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I’m excited to announce that my book, Calling the Shots in Your Medical Care, is now available!

Calling the Shots was intentionally released around the US’s July 4th holiday because the book is all about declaring one’s independence:

* From doctors who do not have a patient’s best interest at heart,
* From unsavory medical personnel, and
* From abusive records departments who do not have a stake in the patient’s health.

The book is deliberately short and easy to read because, let’s face it, when a medical crisis occurs, few people want to read through large tomes that can cause information overload. Patients going through a crisis deserve more.

Calling the Shots is a call to action.

The book encourages patients to speak up, rather than give up.

The book helps patients distinguish between good and poor physicians.

The book encourages patients to stand up for themselves.

After all, if patients don’t advocate for themselves, who will?

For more details on the book, see the “Calling the Shots,” The Book tab and/or read health advocate Martine Ehrenclou’s review here.

To purchase Calling the Shots in Your Medical Care, click here. A Kindle version will be available soon.

8 Responses to Calling the Shots, the Book, is Here!

  1. Scott Johnson had this to say about that:

    Congratulations Beth!
    Been doing some reading on “patient participation” and being in control is NOT what many doctors want to give up. Often on the medical side the emphasis is on the patient’s success in doing what they are told by their expert care-givers. This is not anything to do with “care” but everythig to do with one-sided medicine. What nit came up with the idea that if a person is submissive they are more likely to THRIVE? Really? Is medicine so sophisticated that I don’t really need to be there beyond driving my illness to the clinic?
    That said, the newer papers are begining to show a recognition for the patient as part of the medical team. Maybe they aren’t quite ready for someone like Beth Gainer to ruffle their feathers, but they better get used to it.
    Will get a few copies and one for sure will go to the ONLY person yet who’s made me feel acceptable to the medical system. She does phone responses at Patient Concerns, but on a contract basis so she can be honest.
    Anyway, hurray for your book! Will put links to the papers I’m reading at the Facebook site.

    • Beth L. Gainer had this to say about that:

      Hi Scott,

      I’m hoping the days of one-sided medicine — the expert doctors and passive patient — will be over one day. I believe that overly controlling doctors don’t understand that patients need control over their lives, often in times of crisis.

      I think that more and more, patient-centered care is becoming important to both doctors and patients.

      Thank you for totally getting it, and I’m glad you had a person at Patient Concerns who was there for you.

      I appreciate your comment, links, and purchases. I’m hoping that reading this book will make a difference to patients.

  2. Rebecca had this to say about that:

    Congratulations, Beth!! This is so exciting. I’ll make sure to get my copy. And thank you for writing about such an important topic. I believe many patients are afraid to confront medical situations that may put their care at risk. It’s hard trying to decide what’s right to do without jeopardizing the care or the relationship with your medical team. I need to learn how to be a ‘politician’. My problem is I am to straight forward and sometimes don’t have a filter. But I generally love my doctors. And I want a more personal relationship with my Onco but I understand why there needs to be some level of distance.

    Thank you for this helpful guide! And good luck! xoxo

    • Beth L. Gainer had this to say about that:

      Thank you, as always, for your support Rebecca. It’s interesting that you say you need to learn how to be a politician. In a sense, this is all-too-unfortunately true. We have to be our own politicians to get the care we need.

      There’s nothing wrong with being straightforward. Have you told your onc that you would like a better personal relationship? Maybe talking it out would help.

  3. Alene Nitzky had this to say about that:

    Self-advocacy is an integral part of life…and living well. Out of necessity, that includes healthcare. As a person who has been on both sides of healthcare, as a nurse and a patient, I can tell you that the squeaky wheel gets oiled. Speak up, be vocal, insist on having your needs met as a patient. Don’t be intimidated. Healthcare providers should be in it for the good of the patient, and shouldn’t lose sight of that. EVER. It takes patients to speak up when they find conditions and care unacceptable. Fill out those surveys, and go as high up the chain as possible, and always ask for a response from administration. The only way we can improve the system is by patients speaking up. They will listen to patients, not staff. Be loud. Beth has a message that all past, present, and potential patients should heed!

  4. Nancy's Point had this to say about that:

    Hi Beth,
    Congratulations on publishing your book! It’s very exciting news! I look forward to reading it soon. Self-advocacy isn’t always easy and like many things, it’s a learning process. Reading your book will help a lot of people and save them some time as well. I am so proud of you. Well done, Beth. xx

    • Beth L. Gainer had this to say about that:

      Thank you so much, Nancy! As always, I appreciate your support. Self-advocacy is so difficult for many, so I am hoping that this book can help people take a stand instead of faltering.

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