Are you suffering from an ailmant? Do you believe your physician is providing inadequate care? Understand; the problem may not rely solely on him. How you behave during an appointment matters and can hamper the outcome.
Be a good patient:
- Show up early. Dr. Laura Marbas, MD, with Citizentelegram.com advises her patients to come early to appointments. Why? Late arrivals throw medical staff off schedule causing her to rush and make subsequent patients wait. Be polite. Show up fifteen minutes early to an appointment prepared with your insurance paperwork and co-payment.
- Divulge everything. How often do you feel pain? Are you taking any over-the-counter (OTC) medications? What’s changed recently at your job or home? Communicate openly with your doctor. Figuring out the source of an illness is akin to detective work. Without adequate clues, your doctor plays a guessing game, which often leads to misdiagnosis.
- Ask questions. The professionals in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality report that patients who ask questions get better care. For this reason, before you show up to an appointment, make a list of your top three questions. For example, which of your health problems concern you most? Are you worried about side effects from a drug? Do you want to explore other treatment options? The answers to these type of questions help you educate yourself and make informed decisions regarding your health.
- Be willing to try. Cooperate. Solutions to sickness and disease aren’t always one-step processes. As a consequence, your doctor may request a series of tests or recommend varying forms of treatment. This approach is unavoidable because the human body is impacted by a number of factors such as ethnicity, weight, age, climate changes and social habits (smoking/drinking/dieting).
- Take your meds. Have you been diagnosed with a chronic condition? Be sure to take your prescribed medication. A lack of adherence to this practice is why older adults continue to suffer from manageable ailments and billions of healthcare dollars are spent unnecessarily according to the former US surgeon Everett Kop, MD. Being faithful in taking your medication improves results and extends life.
In conclusion, these tips can help you be a good patient. Your health depends on largely on you. Act responsibility and work with your doctor.
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