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How well you’re able to communicate with your Doctor is one of the most important parts of getting to superior health outcomes. Advocating for yourself (or a loved one) isn’t always easy, because time is short during medical visits. A good Doctor-Patient relationship requires you show up prepared and make the most of your time together. That means asking good questions, clarifying information, and making sure you understand all of their instructions. It also means being able to articulate your concerns quickly, clearly, and succinctly, and communicating any changes in your health in an effective way. By taking a more active role, you can help reduce medical errors and avoid costly complications. There’s a wonderful Advocating Approach framework in this Doctor Visit Guide. It’s a good reminder you of what you should cover when you’re with your Doctor and how you can help them, help you. There’s also an amazing Doctor Visit Checklist that covers what to do Before, During, and After each Doctor’s visit. This is an invaluable tool to keep you on track.

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How well you’re able to communicate with your Doctor is one of the most important parts of getting to superior health outcomes. Advocating for yourself (or a loved one) isn’t always easy, because time is short during medical visits. A good Doctor-Patient relationship requires you show up prepared and make the most of your time together. That means asking good questions, clarifying information, and making sure you understand all of their instructions. It also means being able to articulate your concerns quickly, clearly, and succinctly, and communicating any changes in your health in an effective way. By taking a more active role, you can help reduce medical errors and avoid costly complications.

Since you only have a few minutes to spend with your Doctor, you’ll need to make every second count! Use this Doctor Visit Guide to focus on getting all of your questions answered and your needs met. Be as efficient as possible and remember to stick to the point. Ask them good questions & encourage open communication. Have your Doctor discuss your diagnosis, explain your treatment options, and cover any anticipated costs. Talk to them about long-term implications and above all, make sure that you understand what it is that you can do to help manage your ongoing care. Remember to be honest, even if it’s tempting to say what you “think” they want to hear, rather than what is the total 100% honest truth.

There’s a wonderful Advocating Approach framework in this Doctor Visit Guide. It’s a good reminder you of what you should cover when you’re with your Doctor and how you can help them, help you. There’s also an amazing Doctor Visit Checklist that covers what to do Before, During, and After each Doctor’s visit. This is an invaluable tool to keep you on track.

It’s worth taking the time to be proactive with your health vs. reactive to it.

Here’s why:

  • Up to 3.65 million people will become victims of preventable medical errors
  • Over 1 million people will be harmed (that’s more than 2,700 people a day)
  • Up to 440,000 will die from those mistakes (that’s more than 1,200 per day)
  • At a total cost of more than $1 Trillion Dollars for those mistakes.

So, at your next Doctor’s visit, get in, get the information you need, and get out – without wasting anyone’s time, including your own.  Research shows that people who use a checklist before an office visit ask more questions during their visit and come away better satisfied, with less complications. So, prepare in advance to ensure that you don’t end up with unwanted or excessive medical treatment or becoming a statistic.

There’s a positive relationship between your ability to communicate with your Doctor and adopting preventative health behaviors as well as patient satisfaction and experience of care. What you to up-front will make all the difference in the word. So learn how to better Advocate for yourself so that you can get to your best wellness possible.

Here’s to your good health!

Cheers

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