April 01, 2021
So I’ve wanted to do a post on this phenomenon for ages!
I am amazed how frequently i find myself especially with new patients feeling like the Inquisitor, dragging out information regarding medical history.
Whether this is fuelled by a distrust in modern medicine or a previous bad
experiences in a doctors office, it greatly reduces the likelihood of success or
satisfaction in the care you receive.
I am not for one second suggesting you walk into every doctors office smiling and
rhyming of your history and symptoms rapid fire. Instead when I refer one of my
patients to another specialty I try to coach them a little regarding getting the best
outcome from the up coming meeting.
First and foremost make it clear you are there because you want to get better and
return to as normal and full a life as possible. You won’t believe how motivating an
effect this will have on the clinician to go above and beyond. Never for get they too
are human, …..well most of them.
Before you go head to your appointment get an idea of the history and symptoms clear
in your mind, better still on paper. General medical history not directly relating to
your condition may be very important that why you’re seeking their help not GOOGLE.
Listen carefully to their questions and reserve your possible frustration and
judgement until later. I had a patient just two days ago who was aggressively
confrontational from the moment I walked in the room demanding to know why I didn’t
have my walls decorated with certificates and diplomas to reassure them of my
professional abilities. After 10 minutes and several deep breaths we finally got
around to discussing her health problem.
By all means question, investigate and become informed about what you believe your
condition to be, YOU are your own best advocate.