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You’ve waited several weeks to see your doctor, but after you leave the office you still have questions, and you don’t quite understand your diagnosis. If this sounds familiar, it’s time to improve your relationship with your physician.
A good patient-physician relationship can go a long way in helping you stay healthy — and getting the care you need when you’re not feeling well.
“Patients who take an active role in their care may not only feel more satisfied with their doctors, but also more in control over their own health and well-being,” says Rebecca Shragge, DO, an internal medicine physician at Scripps Coastal Medical Center Hillcrest.
Communication, respect and trust are keys to any healthy relationship. And the relationship with your health care provider should be no different. Here are eight ways to help you build a good patient-physician relationship and get the most out of your appointments.
1. Be prepared for your appointments