As we have mentioned on previous occasions, at Best Doctors we consider that an important part of our health depends on our attitude as patients, in addition to our ability to take part in our diagnosis and treatments.
Being a patient does not mean being a passive recipient of medical knowledge, and the patient-doctor relationship is definitely a two-way street. Good communication with your doctor is fundamental to ensuring a correct diagnosis, the most appropriate treatment and the most lasting results. The next time you sit down in front of your doctor, keep these five tips in mind.
1. Trust your doctor. If you approach your upcoming doctor’s visit with just one idea, let it be this one. A trusting relationship with your doctor allows you to form a team with your doctor and work together on your diagnosis and treatment in an open and honest way. This doesn’t mean you need to blindly accept everything your doctor says, but if you start off with feelings of distrust you are more likely to hide important details or not follow treatment advice, leading to a higher likelihood of misdiagnosis or poor clinical outcome.
2. Be honest. “Forgetting” or being too Read more
That is the question. At Best Doctors, we have been trying to encourage a fluent relationship between patients and doctors since we started the blog’s journey quite a few months ago. We believe that communication and commitment from both parties is vital in order to have a comprehensive and shared overview of the patient’s health and for each one of them, patient and health professional, to be in charge of their respective responsibility area.
Today, we would like to go back to this issue again. However, this time we intend to focus on the patient by providing a series of guidelines and recommendations in the form of questions that we believe may be useful when trying to break that invisible barrier that can sometimes take place between patients and physicians.
10 simple questions that can solve many problems
A simple question can make patients feel better, help them manage their health problem and, in some specific cases, even save their life.
The following is a basic list of the most important questions we can ask our doctor:
Are we lost for words when we are in the presence of our doctor? It is certainly something that can take place, even in people who are not overly impressionable.
Matthew J. Press, public health specialist at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, has given a name to this situation, “the silence of the white coat,” based on the more widely known “white coat syndrome,” a phenomenon that affects 30% of patients. This occurs when a patient’s nerves shoot up at the time of having their blood pressure measured, which in turn causes the hypertension (high blood pressure) results to rocket, therefore not reflecting accurate findings.
Let us go over the factors that may make us feel awkward in the communication process with our doctor:
- Anxiety: visiting the doctor becomes a really traumatic process for some people.
- Fear: each time we visit our doctor, we face a possible negative diagnosis.
- Intimidation: depending on the position of power of the doctor, their communication skills and degree of empathy with their patients.
- Vulnerability: when we feel sick, not only our physical but also our psychological defenses are weakened, and this may become an obstacle when relating to other people.
Do we understand everything our doctor tells us?
“No” is the Read more