When you read an article about healthcare do you ever feel like it was incomplete? Perhaps the author passed the buck in the conclusion and directed you to conduct more research. That is why I wrote Patient Better. I wanted to offer a complete guide to how to be a better patient. I wanted to provide simple, easy, and convenient information so much so that a 12-year-old can take care of his health while he is away from his parents. I am passionate to deliver my knowledge to everyone who wants to better understand our healthcare industry.
This article consists the “secret sauce” of the powerful little handbook; Patient Better. If you read and follow these steps in this article, you will see dramatic results for bettering your healthcare. Patient Better’s system is different because here is where you learn about healthcare and you keep track of you and your family’s health. Patient Better brings your healthcare nearby and within your reach at all times. Thus, preventing distracting obstacles of possible internet access/loss, wait for complex uploads or another step closer to forgetting for or relying on someone else to update your healthcare.
Patient Better offers a complete, yet simple, way to obtain the health care you and your family deserve!
To bring healthcare education to doctor’s offices and patients by providing a simple and inexpensive resource about the healthcare industry.
Provide a tool that will unite the communication gap between healthcare professionals and patients and put the industry and community all on the same page.
Here is the solution:
1. Prepare for your appointment and don’t walk away with unanswered questions
No matter if you are going to a physical location or treated via telemedicine. Have your Patient Better appointment index cards (Traning Module Part 3 Section 2 in Patient Better Handbook) ready, and if you are creating a treatment plan Don’t leave without having answered the following:
Get a K.L.U.E.
Know what your options are if you hold off on a recommended procedure or surgery or decide not to have it.
Learn why the clinician is ordering medication and if there are any risks associated with taking it.
Understand why the test is being ordered.
Evaluate your dedication to improving your outcome.
Don’t let the rush of information get you overwhelmed. Here’s the trick for making sure that you understand it: Repeat what you heard back to the clinician, and confirm that you got it right. Always take notes or bring someone along with you to take notes- so you can remember later.
2. Know your record
Electronic medical records are becoming common. Some are available through the doctor’s official website portal. Document whatever you can and keep track with your Patient Better organizing system.
3. Do your homework
Do your research on care, costs and choose the care that’s best for you. Fortunately, along with this handbook, there are more tools than ever available to help you do these things.
(Discussed in Part 3 Section 6) Most clinicians expect that you will check health sites for any health occurrences if you have diagnosed with a disease. Health Hub and WebMD are good examples as we as local hospital events and joining support groups. In the modern era, healthcare professionals encourage it. Remember to bring your research index cards with you to your appointment.
Just remember, don’t become anxious about what you find. Instead, use it to prepare questions or raise concerns when you meet with your doctor. Also, ask your care team for any educational materials that they may have.
4. Be ready to openly discuss your health
It’s not easy to talk about bad health habits. Smoking, alcohol intake, and sexually transmitted diseases are tough subjects to discuss. You can rest assure that your doctor is the best confidential partner in your care. Sugar coating bad habits and nagging symptoms won’t help. Clinicians need all the information that you can give them to help create the best health plan. That includes everything from habits to everyday medications you take, including over-the-counter drugs. herbal products, vitamins, and supplements. If you’re not consistently taking medication, talk to your doctor about why – including if you can’t afford it.
5. Be a planning partner
In the old days, patients counted on doctors to dictate goals and treatments. Those days are gone. Get involved in creating everything from treatment plans to overall health goals. Now as we emerge the brink of telemedicine, it will become a standard to craft a plan along with a physician and navigate through the healthcare system on your own.
6. Stick to your plan and follow recommendations
Having goals is important. Following through on an established plan to reach those goals is even more important. Keep all follow-up appointments Take prescribed medication as directed- and talk to your doctor if you have any side effects and need to adjust. And if you settle on a plan, do everything you can to meet those goals and milestones along the way. We all have missteps, so when you have trouble meeting your goal, let your team know.
7. Learn about care when you are healthy
Doctors are focusing on wellness and prevention in addition to treating conditions. Even in the best of times, ask about ways to improve your diet, manage your stress or pick up an exercise plan. Preventative maintenance does wonder for boosting your health and preventing disease.
Here’s how it works:
1. Purchase & Read Patient Better
2. Create Patient Better Organizer (Sign in to the Membership)
3. Join Patient Better’s conversation – right here on this site
Patient Better helps you prepare for your office visit and makes the most out of your appointment.
Patient Better comes with you in the treatment room thus reducing the potential to lose valuable information that your healthcare provider shared with you during your visit.
Patient Better is completed by you, at the time of the occurrence, lessening the chances of inaccuracies.
Join us and see the Patient Better difference!