Colorado physician-educators state in the Journal of Academic Medicine that "in a healthcare context, advocacy is defined as: action by a physician to promote those social, economic, educational, and political changes that ameliorate the suffering and threats to human health and well-being that he or she identifies through his or her professional work and expertise".
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The above researchers go on to express that advocacy, requires going beyond helping individual patients get the services they need..."it requires working to address the root causes of the problems they face. ...the obligation to advocacy must also include a recognition of the limits of his or her expertise."
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For more details, see what physicians involved in the Leadership Education Advocacy Development Program at University of Colorado have published regarding advocacy for patients: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20042825/