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Trusting Your Doctor

Most people would rather diagnose themselves than go to the doctor. Maybe it's the high cost of visiting doctors or embarrassment about a certain medical issue. Or maybe, it’s the lack of trust and communication from patient to doctor and vise versa.

People who don't have any medical background cannot diagnose themselves as doctors are the only ones who can tell your illness or disease – with the use of instruments and of course their knowledge. You may confuse a minor illness with a major illness that will lead to a more serious stage and give you more health problems. And this is why it's important to visit the doctors everytime you feel sick.

Develop a "relationship" with your doctor so you both can effectively communicate - not like a mate to drink with, golf partner or someone to do shopping with. What is meant by this "relationship" is developing that trust to allow yourself to open up and effectively discuss your medical concerns and questions regarding treatment options. When you develop this trust, you are more likely to understand your illness and why it has happened or why it is happening, and you are more likely to comply with recommendations and therefore get better care and attention.

When a patient is ill or sick and he/she knows it, a physician is the only person who can improve your health. Since you will be seeking for advice, here are some things to reciprocate his/her good gesture to help you:

  • Be respectful and courteous towards your physician, this will help you get better care and it will be easier for them to accommodate you in your next visit.
  • Take your medications seriously and act in accordance with the advice or treatment recommendations. That's why they are physicians, they know what they're doing and all they aim for is to make you healthy again. If you don't trust the medicines that were given to you by the physician, you can always ask to have a better understanding on what every medicine can do. 
  • When the doctor gives you a set of medicines, you are expected to follow what is on the prescription. You are expected to drink your medicines on time and will report back after the medication or treatment. If your physician sees that you are cooperating, you both develop trust unconsciously. Your doctor will be more encouraged and happy to help you with your sickness

The tips provided above are for everybody's own good. Being respectful, courteous and following the doctor's instructions will not only give you better care but will make you comfortable working with the doctor.