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As the healthcare market continues to change, and every other day yet another miracle working health trend emerges, I think it’s extremely important to have a physician who is truly an advocate for their patients’ health and best interests.
I am here to do that for you.
What exactly does it mean to be a patient advocate? For me, it means keeping the lines of communication open, always providing honest answers, and acting as a source of knowledge for my patients. As I’m sure many of you have, I have had a variety of different experiences with different doctors on my own personal quest for health, and this has allowed me to pick and choose little things that I liked or disliked about patient care, office management, marketing, you name it. Keeping that in mind, I’m going to breakdown what I mentioned above about advocacy a little further:
1. Keeping the Lines of Communication Open
Have you ever been the doctor, had some sort of diagnostic test done , and heard the words, “we’ll call you with the results?” I’m sure you have…and I’m also pretty sure that for days, maybe even weeks following, you heard crickets. Maybe you even called the office a few times, and only after an exhausting lineage of transfers you finally got your test results. I am not knocking busy offices, but I am here now to tell you that I will do everything in my power to ensure that does not happen to you…and here is the reason. Not only is it frustrating, it only adds fuel to whatever physiological fire we are trying to put out! What I mean is, it’s stressful. It’s stressful when you’ve been sick, or you’re in pain, and you’re waiting for an answer. This stress weakens your immune system, affects your cardiovascular system and your adrenal glands, and in turn may increase inflammation, heighten infection, increase your blood pressure, and the list goes on. Now that’s just counterproductive, isn’t it? This is just one example of why it is important to keep the lines of communication open. What comes down to is I am here for you-if you have a question, ask. If you’re confused about something I said, let me know!
2. Always Providing Honest Answers
We’re all familiar with the phrase, “honesty is the best policy,” and this especially rings true with healthcare. Although I am here to help you, I am not here to sugarcoat anything. Healing can only happen when both the doctor and the patient are on the same page, and sometimes that may take a little tough love. I will not downplay the seriousness of a situation, I will be straightforward, and I will be here for you as we work through it together. On the flip side, I will not make you feel like your situation is worse than it is just to get you back in my office. I want you to enjoy your health, not be tied up with endless appointments!
3. Source of Knowledge
As your doctor, I want you to know that I care for you as a whole, not just your bones and muscles. This means that no matter what your health goals or personal goals are, if there is any way I can help you, I will! I will work with you to build a care plan that you are comfortable with, whether it is minimalistic or detailed. I will work within my trusted referral network to put you in touch with other resources you may need whether it be an acupuncturist, a GI doctor, a personal trainer, a florist (I know a great one), or just someone to talk to. I will work for you.
The journey of health and wellness is an ever-changing adventure filled with ups and downs, questions and answers, and highs and lows. I look forward to meeting you, and I look forward to being your guide through it all!