Although you may not realize it, there is a debate raging about titles in advocacy.
I chose this topic today not because I have an opinion on THE right title; rather because I think the debate is a waste of time, and is a distraction from the more important work of helping people understand how advocates and care managers can help them.
The debate is this: Should we be called Health Advocates? Or should we be called Patient Advocates?
It might surprise you to know that some people not only have very definite opinions on the answer to that question, but that they argue the point for hours at a time. In my (not so) humble opinion, for every hour they argue, they could instead have promoted advocacy and the many benefits to working with an advocate – no matter what he or she is called.
Here are the reasons I think this argument is a waste of time: