6 Simple ways to improve your health by building a great relationship with your doctor
What are the most important relationships in your life? Family? Friends? Co-workers? Your health-care provider?
The last may not always be top-of-mind, but when it comes to attaining and maintaining your best possible level of health and wellness, no relationship is more central.
With open communication and easy access–whether in-person or virtually–you and your doctor can work together to address concerns early on when they are most manageable; monitor important health indicators like blood pressure and cholesterol; make sure you are staying on top of recommended check-ups and screenings; and set diet and exercise goals to optimize your health.
And now, staying on top your health-care needs is easier than ever before with online options to schedule provider appointments, lab tests, and mammogram screenings.
6 ways to build a great relationship with your doctor
The doctor-patient relationship is a two-way street. You can navigate your side of the street, and make the most of your interaction with your provider, by combining the latest technology with some tried-and-true communication tips:
- Develop a list of the top 3 or 4 questions you’d like to have answered at your appointment. Remember: no question is a wrong question.
- Write down the 3 or 4 most concerning symptoms you are experiencing.
- When your doctor asks you questions, be honest with your answers, even if you feel embarrassed. Doctors ask the same questions to many patients and don’t think negatively about you for the answers you provide. In fact, truthful answers are essential in receiving the right treatment and advice.
- Consider inviting a friend or family member to the conversation. Another person may help you remember answers to questions, or offer another perspective on an issue about which you are concerned.
- Leverage technology to help simplify your busy life. Sign up for the MyLGHealth patient portal that allows you to email your doctor, view your medical history and test results, and schedule appointments, or even e-visits (for select, non-urgent medical issues. )
- When your family doctor isn’t available and you have a minor emergency, consider a visit to Urgent Care, skipping the wait by reserving a spot online. Your doctor can view after-visit report through MyLGHealth.
When barriers between you and your doctor are removed through good communication and the convenience of technology, you can feel confident you’ve taken the needed steps to assure the healthiest future possible.