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Other Perspectives on Advocacy 

Other Perspectives on Advocacy 



In this video clip, Debbie Docherty, retired social worker, person living with Multiple Sclerosis and patient advocate expresses concern about the misinterpretation of the Physician as Advocate Role.















Debbie Docherty talks about putting the personal and the professional together in her advocacy work. Are there ways that you do, or could bring more of yourself to your role as a physician, as a physician health advocate?


She also talks about the need to act a political level as well as a clinical level - how can we do this and not burn ourselves out?


In what ways could the intention to advocate turn into an act of paternalism? How to we guard against this?


In what ways have you sought to create partnerships with individuals or communities in an advocacy situation?