Top Tips #1: Building a Healthy Partnership with Your Medical Team

Top Tips #1Here are a few Top Tips on building a healthy partnership with your doctor and getting the most out of your doctor’s appointment.

Your goals are three-fold. The first is to build healthy partnerships with every member of the medical team involved in your care, generating mutually respectful relationships—this investment in relationship building will pay off generously as you navigate your healthcare journey. The second is to demonstrate that you are knowledgeable about your body and your medical history and that you can articulate your current issues well. The final goal is to set and achieve “walk away” objectives for your appointments—with an action plan and next steps to resolve your current issues.

Importantly: know that you are the expert in your body, while the doctor is the expert in medical knowledge about the body. Ideally, you will work in partnership to address your health issues.

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The Active Patient Advantage is a blog that will help keep readers informed about medical issues relevant to managing their healthcare experience, with valuable insights on how to embrace the new era of “patient engagement”. Forthcoming topics: personalized medicine and you; your hospital stay and patient safety; things to ask your hospital care team–to avoid financial surprises; how to partner with doctors involved in your care; finding and working with patient advocates and health care navigators; and how to know you have found the right doctor.

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