You and Your Healthcare Provider

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It is very important to have a good relationship with your healthcare provider. Research has shown that patients who have good relationships with their healthcare providers tend to be more satisfied with their care and have better results. By following these steps below, you will enhance the relationship you will have with your healthcare provider. (DN Sourcebook)

  • You know important things about your symptoms and your health history. Tell your healthcare provider what you think he or she needs to know.
  • It is important to tell your healthcare provider personal information, even if it makes you feel embarrassed or uncomfortable.
  • Bring a “health history” list with you (and keep it up to date).
  • Always bring any medications you are currently taking with you to the appointment, or you can bring a list of your medications including dosage and frequency information. Talk about allergies or reactions you have had to your medications.
  • Tell your healthcare provider about any natural or alternative medications you are taking.
  • Ask questions. If you don’t, your healthcare provider will assume that you understood everything that was said.
  • Write down your questions before your visit. List the most important ones first to make sure that they are addressed.
  • Consider bringing a friend with you to the appointment to help you ask questions. This person can also help you understand and/or remember the answers.
  • Take notes. Some healthcare providers do not mind if you bring a tape recorder to help you remember things, but always ask first.
  • Take information home. Ask for written instructions. Your healthcare provider may also have brochures and audio and videotapes that can help you.
  • After leaving the healthcare provider’s office, take responsibility for your care. If you have questions, call. If your symptoms get worse or if you have problems with your medication, call. If you had tests and do not hear from your healthcare provider, call for your test results. If your healthcare provider recommended that you have certain tests, schedule an appointment to get them done.

 

 

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