You and your doctor should be team, a partnership on behalf of your health. That relationship is absolutely key to your wellbeing.
Many people visit appointments disappointed after a quick ten-minute chat with their doctor. For some, the problem may be miscommunication and misunderstanding between the doctor and the patient. It is essential to have a good relationship with your doctor because your healthcare is the ultimate priority. Developing a relationship with your doctor will help ensure the trust and understanding that is focused around your health. Here are your top tips for building a relationship with your doctor.
The first step in developing a healthy relationship with your doctor is to express your concerns, thoughts, and ideas. If you’ve noticed changes in your body, don’t like the medicine you’ve been taking, or have any significant life changes, it’s important to express these to your doctor. The fact of the matter is that your doctor probably doesn’t know much about you, therefore, you must be open and honest to keep the conversation going and allowing your doctor to understand your current lifestyle.
It’s easy to forget all of the questions you’ve been waiting to ask since your last appointment, especially if you or the doctor are running late. Write down a list of questions that you have for your doctor (along with your concerns)and bring it along to your appointment. Asking those questions are important to help you destress and get an licensed and professional answer for your worries. Don’t worry about asking too many questions, you only see your doctor on occasion, so ask while you can.
Your doctor provides you advice and diagnosis based on their professional thoughts and your overall health. Each person is diagnosed based on their personal and individual lifestyle and health. Doctors practice their profession to the best of their knowledge in order to ensure the health and safety of you. Doctor’s practice and study many years in order to ensure the ultimate health advice is provided to patients.
Make Decisions Together
Although you may not agree with what your doctor has to say, it’s important to make decisions on treatment and medication plans together. Your doctor is there to provide answers and information to you, but it is your choice how you would like to go about treatment and changes. Expressing your thoughts and ideas will allow you and your doctor to make decisions together.
One way to build a relationship with your doctor is to refer others to his/her practice.Your doctor may do the same and refer clients to you as well. Doing so will allow you and your doctor to see that there is trust established within the relationship.
Alexander Gladney has been with Capital Health for eight years, and is currently serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer