How to Have a Better Relationship with Your Doctor – “Rising Above RA”

The relationship you have with your doctor, is probably one of the most important relationships you will ever have.

How to Have a Better Relationship with Your Doctor Rising Above RA

By Effie Koliopoulos

These three simple tips can be used in just about any situation in life but especially with your doctor.

Speak Up

Your doctor may or may not be a mind reader, so always come prepared. The night before your appointment or even a week before, make it a habit to start making a list of any and all questions, concerns and suggestions you may have. Yes, suggestions. We can also teach our doctors some things that they dont know whether it is a supplement we want to try, a new medical device and so forth. We need to take ownership and equal responsibility in our own care. Learning how to get the most out of appointments and establishing a good rapport is imperative to obtaining proper care and treatment.

Listen

They dont say listen more than you speak for nothing. We need to be able to listen to what the doctor is telling us to do. Sometimes we can be quick to discount what the doctor is suggesting due to outside influences of people telling us what they think we should do. We can drive ourselves crazy hearing other patients success and disaster stories. What we really need to listen to is our own bodies, our own intuitions and our own doctors.

Establish an efficient way to connect

Technology has connected humanity more than ever now. There is no excuse to not be able to get in contact with your doctor outside of office hours. Many doctor offices and hospitals now have patient portals set up were you can communicate via messages and email, allowing for a faster response time. In other cases, doctors provide patients with a after hours number or have staff on hand ready to take an important message. If you dont have this option, which is rare, or if even after trying all the above methods and your doctor still doesnt respond then thats when you revert back to tip one, and speak up at your next appointment.

Afterthought

There can be times though that breaking up with your doctor is needed, in order to find a proper fit. If you find that what you are saying is not being validated, there is not a good understanding and your needs are not being met, dont feel obligated to stay just because you had that doctor forever. Just like any relationship in life, if its not suiting your best interest then its best to move on.

-Effie

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