Essential Conversations You Need To Have With Your Doctor
The doctor is neither a fortune teller nor a psychic, so the more information he has about the patient and what is bothering him, the more likely he will get the diagnosis right at the time of the appointment. The greatest beneficiary of this doctor’s correct diagnosis will be the patient himself.
Shared Decision Making
How can we then collaborate on what is known as a “Shared Decision-Making”, that is, patient and physician collaborating at the time of diagnosis, aiming for a better decision-making regarding patient well-being?
In the relationship between physician and patient, the ideal is that attention should always be patient- centered, but what seems so obvious is not always what happens. And it does not happen sometimes because the patient, instead of helping, may make it difficult for the doctor to make a diagnosis or make the most accurate decision.
Whenever they have the opportunity, therefore, patients should help the doctor to get to know them fully, to know their needs, preferences and values. How to say all this to the doctor, in the sometimes too short time of a medical appointment can be a great challenge, however the patient should make the most of the time the doctor gives him, to be as clear as possible.
A diagnosis and subsequent medication prescribed for a 76-year-old widow would be different from that of a young star or toodler. The medications could impair the performance of the individual or not. So, in that way medications are very pivotal ot the health of any patient.
The amount of prescription medication (or even no medication) should be weighed according to the needs, desires, preferences and goals of each patient. The doctor, more appropriately, must know how to discern (asking questions and observing the patient), when and how much to medicate each one of them. Each case is different.
And by sharing your values with the doctor, the patient will be collaborating a lot so that a more effective treatment is given to him.
Side effects of treatment
The doctor should ideally also inform the patient (and his / her spouse, if applicable) about the side effects that prescription drugs may have on the patient, and what effects such remedies will have on their productivity to work, for example.
“With so many options and so much uncertainty in medicine, individualized care is critical. This happens most effectively if both the patient and his or her physician are on the same page about their goals and needs.”
Knowing your own goals in life
Knowing oneself through constant introspection is important so that each one knows what are his main goals in life, and so to explain in a few words, when he is in a medical treatment, what he expects of life and the doctor, of Realistic way.
This will greatly help the doctor to act conscientiously by properly medicating each patient.