Patient Advocacy vs Medical Advocacy: View from the PACB

A recent article in the Washington Post has triggered vigorous debate about the proper scope of practice of the professionals who are patient advocates.   Initially, it is apparent that almost anyone can “advocate” for someone who is a patient.  Physicians, nurses, social workers, attorneys, and even friends and relatives of the patient may feel a need to help a

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PACB: End of 2015 Wrap Up – and Next Steps

What a year it has been for the Patient Advocate Certification Board. A year of major progress, several hurdles, hundreds of hours of hard work, and some long strides that move the profession of patient advocacy forward. We completed two big projects / published documents for the certification itself: The Ethical Standards document and the Competencies and Best Practices document. 

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Update from the PACB: Competencies and Best Practices, Ethical Standards, and Definitions Are Now Published

Earlier this year, the PACB published two documents for public review and asked for comments. More than 100 people took us up on our request! Since then, members of the Patient Advocate Certification Board have spent countless hours studying each and every one of the suggestions, comments, notes of appreciation and even some complaints. Every piece of input was carefully

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Ethical Standards – Final Version Published

The PACB (Patient Advocate Certification Board) is pleased to publish the final version of its Ethical Standards. Development of these standards was truly a collaborative effort.  In June we put our first PACB draft document out for public review. Almost 75 of you responded with your ideas and suggestions, your criticisms and concerns , your questions and comments. Every submission

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Naming Decisions and Request for Comments – June 2015

The steering committee has been hard at work for many months developing several aspects of what will become the patient advocacy credential. Here are some of the decisions we have made: Naming The name of the body that will provide and support the credential (replacing the term “steering committee” which we have been using) will be  the Patient Advocate Certification

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