Being a Better Patient

Friday, August 30, 2013

Being a good patient may require more than just showing up for your appointment at your health care provider. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill gives some tips on how to make the most of your visit.

Dr. Hill:

The American Medical Association endorses a policy in which both patients and providers make the effort to talk openly and effectively to promote better healthcare. To help accomplish this, the AMA suggests the following:

Get ready: Set goals, summarize questions, gather information and records and organize your thoughts.

Know what you want: Explain to the provider your health concerns and what you hope to achieve. Do you want a diagnosis, a second opinion, help with an existing ailment, a change in your medication or a referral?

Be specific: For each symptom, write down when it began, how it feels, possible triggers, if its constant or comes and goes, etc.

List your medications: Include over-the-counter remedies, vitamins, herbs and supplements.

Give the whole truth: Be honest about things that affect your health, like overindulging in food or alcohol, smoking or using drugs. Remember, the things you disclose to your doctor are private.

Listen and follow: Listen closely to your providers instructions and follow them to the letter.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.