Martine Ehrenclou M.A., award winning author, her new book is The Take Charge Patient.Martine Ehrenclou, M.A., is an award-winning author, patient advocate and speaker. Her newest health book, The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get The Best Medical Care, winner of 16 book awards, empowers readers to become proactive and effective participants in their own health care. Through her books, lectures, media interviews, published articles and blog, Martine reveals insider information on how to interact effectively with medical professionals and navigate the health care system. She interviewed over 200 physicians, nurses, other medical professionals and patients for this book.

Six months into her research for The Take-Charge Patient, Martine developed debilitating, chronic pain that lasted sixteen months and used every strategy in her new book. She went from an advocate for others to an advocate for herself, and became her own take-charge patient. After eleven doctors failed to diagnose her correctly, Martine’s exhaustive research led her to the surgeon who diagnosed her and cured her. She is has been pain free for two years.

Martine is a freelance healthcare journalist and regularly publishes articles on a variety of topics in healthcare including patient empowerment, patient engagement, patient advocacy, patient safety, successful communication in medical encounters, shared decision-making, and other health/medical related issues. She has been interviewed on national TV, radio, newspapers and magazines, including NBC News, ABC News, KCAL 9/CBS News, NPR, Prevention Magazine, WebMD, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Los Angeles Times Magazine and many more. Martine also lectures at universities, hospitals, and health organizations. She writes a blog on health, health care, patient safety, patient advocacy & more.

Martine is board member of The Red Cross, Santa Monica Bay Chapter. She has a master’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine University and earned a graduate certificate in patient advocacy from UCLA. Prior to becoming a health writer and patient advocate, Martine was a journalist, ghostwriter and public relations professional. She also created and ran a writing program for at-risk teenagers. Her personal experience with loved ones with extended hospitalizations changed her career path in 2001.

Visit her website, and see her book Critical Conditions - The Essential Hospital Guide to Get Your Loved One Out Alive on Amazon HERE.

Prevention Magazine
, Australia - Interview of Martine Ehrenclou
September 2013 Issue
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How to Talk to Doctors When They Don’t Listen by Camille Peri

It’s important that your doctor values and respects you as a patient by listening to you,” says Martine Ehrenclou, author of The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get the Best Medical Care. ”Your relationship with your doctor is really the cornerstone of good health care.”
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Tips for a Successful Doctor Visit by Camille Peri
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It’s National Women’s Checkup Day: 6 Secrets to Getting the Best Medical Care
By Kelly Rouba
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Martine Ehrenclou Discusses Her New Book On Navigating Health Care System
May 27, 2012 9:00 AM

STUDIO CITY (CBS) — Award-winning author Martine Ehrenclou visited
KCAL9 News to explain how patients can get the best medical care.

Good Day Dallas FOX4 Interviews Martine Ehrenclou about her new book, The Take-Charge Patient
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As seen on NBC New York Nightly News at 7 pm with Chuck Scarborough

As seen on San Diego 6 News

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Prevention Magazine

ABC News
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7 Steps to Picking the best Pediatrician

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Book Pleasures

Martine was interviewed for a feature on KABC Channel 7 called "Hernias in women often overlooked, misdiagnosed" Friday, February 03, 2012. See article with the Video.

Martine was interviewed for a feature on DailyNews called "Hidden hernias: Painful holes in muscle are often misdiagnosed or overlooked in women. August 4, 2011. See article

Martine was interviewed for a feature on Press-Telegram call "Author used her own 'take charge' method to help discover hernia problem". August 03, 2011
See article


Martine is a member
of the following organizations:

Society to Improve
Diagnosis in Medicine



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