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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working in partnership with health care providers—achieve improved outcomes and a higher quality of life, no matter the diagnosis.

Welcome to the Active Patient Coach & Health Care Navigator. On this site, you will find information and resources to support your ability to become an active and engaged patient.  We want to make sure that you have the knowledge you need to partner with health professionals in achieving your wellness objectives and/or in managing health challenges. Your health, after all, is the most valuable asset you have in life.

Sign up for the Active Patient Advantage, a blog that will keep you updated on relevant news from science, medicine and technology—news that you can use as an informed partner in your health care management. Download the free “Top Tips” for engaged patients, a series that will help you navigate your way more smoothly and safely.

Your doctors will benefit too: active, engaged and knowledgeable patients are prepared and focused; they know how to get the most out of their time with a doctor; and they demonstrate commitment in “adhering” to prescribed treatments and therapies. Active patients work hard to be well and stay well, and find the ways in which they can benefit fully from medicine—integrating what works best for them with their personal lifestyles.

From time to time, you may find that you need a bit of extra support–perhaps some coaching or advocacy for you or a loved one.  You may want some help in understanding what translational science and medicine offer for a particular disease or disorder. Or, you may want some help coordinating new tools for health with your wellness plan.  We can help.

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