Partnering with your primary care physician, or PCP, can help you and your doctor choose treatment options that best fit your values, beliefs and lifestyle. It will also help you feel more empowered about your health and confident about any chosen treatment plans.
Here are our best tips on how to partner with your doctor:
This includes surgeries and hospitalizations. If you don't have these records, write down when and where you received treatment so your doctor can request them. This allows your doctor to become familiar with your medical history and provide better care right away.
If you are asked to fill out a form, do your best to complete it with up-to-date information. A great way to be prepared is to keep track of your current medications, family health history and allergies.
Focus on asking about your immediate needs or current treatment. If you still have more questions at the end of your appointment, make a note to save them for your next doctor’s visit.
Missing follow-up tests, such as blood draws or other lab tests, and appointments can make it challenging for your doctor to manage your care. Contact your doctor’s office if you are having trouble getting to appointments. Depending on what kind of appointment you have scheduled, a video or phone visit may be appropriate.
Let your child know why they are seeing a provider and what will be done during the visit. Teens may be more willing to talk about topics such as sexuality, mental health, drugs or alcohol if they speak privately with their doctor.
Partnering with your primary care physician is essential to getting the best care. If you ever find that you want to change your PCP, you can. Remember, your doctor
is there to listen to you, care about you and be comfortable treating you as a partner in decision making.
With these simple 5 steps, skip the roadblocks and find the doctor who's right for you.
Help your doctor help you by being prepared for your visit.
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