How You Can Improve the Way You Communicate With Your Doctor to Get the Most Out of Your Healthcare

In our previous blog post, we discussed how doctors can improve the way they communicate with their patients to improve outcomes. When a doctor makes sure that a patient has fully understood their instructions, it increases the chances that the patient will follow their physician’s advice with the resulting positive effect on health. In addition, good communication has a positive impact on patient satisfaction. This is even more important now that Medicare rules mean financial penalties for health care facilities that have low patient satisfaction scores.[1]

However, communication is a two way street. After all, health care can be expensive, so it’s in a patient’s best interests to communicate effectively with their providers to ensure they’re getting the best, most appropriate care. We should all take responsibility for our own health, and that includes making sure that we can express ourselves effectively during every medical appointment.

In this blog post, we discuss how you can best communicate with your physician to ensure you receive the right medical care and advice.

Why Communication Matters

When you have a good relationship with you clinician, it makes it much easier for you to take an active role in your care, for example, by correctly following treatment protocols. However, it has been estimated that as many as one-third of adults suffering from chronic illnesses are not taking their medication properly because of cost and then conceal this information from their doctor. Moreover, studies have shown that many hospitalized patients cannot name their diagnoses or what medication they are supposed to take following discharge, all of which suggests poor communication with their clinicians.[2]

Barriers to Good Communication Between Physicians and Patients

It is very easy to fall into the mindset of thinking that it is up to the healthcare provider to make sure their advice and recommendations are properly communicated, but the onus is equally on you to ensure that you have given your medical professional a full picture and are making it easy for there to be an open, informative dialogue between the two of you. Read more