School of Dentistry
Summary: Healthcare advocacy is an important tool in the plastic surgeon’s arsenal that stands the potential to improve both patient care and the profession. However, many physicians underestimate the importance and influence that healthcare advocacy has on the profession and feel that they lack the leverage and knowledge to advocate on behalf of themselves, their practices, their patients, and their profession, all of which are untrue. Plastic surgeons are uniquely positioned to advocate based on their clinical acumen, personal experiences with patient care, and their position in the healthcare ecosystem value chain. This article aims to equip plastic surgeons with a general framework of knowledge regarding policy and advocacy. Additionally, the article outlines and discusses recent advocacy efforts related to plastic surgery, and efforts that are on the horizon to provide some context to the relevance of advocacy related to plastic surgery. Finally, we aim to empower plastic surgeons to step into the policy advocacy arena for the betterment of our patients and the professional practice of plastic surgery. (Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open 2019;7:e2207; doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000002207; Published online 3 May 2019.)
Digital Commons Citation
Mullens, Cody L.; Nathan, Shelby L.; Kozak, Geoffrey M.; Fischer, John P.; Greco, Gregory A.; and Ueno, Cristiane M., "Patient Advocacy in Plastic Surgery: An Underutilized Tool" (2019). Faculty & Staff Scholarship. 2112.
Mullens, C. L., Nathan, S. L., Kozak, G. M., Fischer, J. P., Greco, G. A., & Ueno, C. M. (2019). Patient Advocacy in Plastic Surgery. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Global Open, 7(5), e2207. https://doi.org/10.1097/gox.0000000000002207