How is your relationship with your doctor? No one enjoys hanging out in a doctor’s office but when it comes to your health, it can be necessary. As with most things in life, a good relationship with the person you’re meeting up with can make the experience better. Here are some tips to develop a better relationship with your doctor so you make sure to get the care you need.
Don’t be afraid to speak up. Your doctor can’t read your mind and if you feel like he/she isn’t addressing your concerns, say something. Leaving the appointment without getting your concerns addressed isn’t helpful to you or your doctor. It means more time being spent on visits that are unnecessary. If you’re not comfortable talking to your doctor, bring along someone who can help you.
Come prepared for your appointment. This means more than just showing up on time, it’s about being ready to accomplish your goals for this meeting. Write down a list of concerns or topics you specifically want to address during the visit. Also bringing a record of your current medications, both prescription and OTC is helpful too. You want to make the most of a short amount of time your doctor has. Don’t waste your time and theirs by not getting the answers to your questions.
Sometimes, having an extra set of ears with you during an appointment can help you get the answers you need. Again, you’re not going to meet up for a social visit with your doctor. This is about your health and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Having someone as vested in your health as you are accompanying you to your visit can ensure you and your doctor are on the same page. Think of this person as an advocate and a second line of defense in case you forget something.
Your health is important and so is your relationship with your doctor. Putting your trust in someone else’s hands isn’t a minor thing. Developing a healthy and strong rapport with your doctor will help you feel better and get the care you need.