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Published on December 02, 2013

6 Tips for Being a Good Patient

The doctor-patient relationship is just that - a relationship! Which means both sides must be engaged to make the relationship work best. There are a few things you can do as a patient to help ensure the best possible care and outcome from your visits:

  1. Come prepared with your specifics - symptoms, your current medication including vitamins and supplements. We need to know what you are putting into your body.
  2. Do your research, but not too much! It’s good to be aware of your health, but not to the point you are self-diagnosing.
  3. Be honest. Don’t be shy or afraid or hold back on symptoms you are experiencing, even if they are embarrassing or of a personal nature. We need to know it all.
  4. Trust us. If there are family issues or relationships that are affecting you and your health, it’s helpful for us to know that. We need to see the whole picture to best offer you a diagnosis.
  5. Don’t ad lib. Follow our directions. Take your medications as prescribed.
  6. Keep up with wellness appointments and screenings to help us keep you healthy; not just treat you when you are ill.

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