Be a Good Patient



Follow your doctor’s instructions

This will help you recover faster. Remember, when your doctor gives you a certain set of guidelines it may be a good idea to be clear about the “Dos and the Don’ts.” After all, your medication also depends upon these guidelines. If he or she has asked you to stay away from junk food, or from food items that contain high levels of sugar then it is wise to do just that. After all, you are the one who will gain most if the treatment turns out to be a success.

Be honest with your doctor

Make it a point to deal honestly with the medical professionals with whom you interact. If you have not been following the instructions that your doctor asked you to follow, inform him/her that you have not followed those instructions. He is certainly not going to put you in detention if he hears this! Your honesty can actually help to clear a lot of misunderstandings, and even prevent wrong medical treatment.

Nowadays, medicines are pretty expensive. This is a major concern for retirees and senior citizens. If you are wondering whether you should substitute a brand name drug with a generic drug to control your medical expenses, then you must consult a medical practitioner first. Don’t hesitate to tell your doctor about your concern regarding rising medical costs.

Don’t feel awkward talking about your health issues. If you are feeling pain anywhere in your body make sure that your doctor is well aware of this.

Do not assume anything is “not that important,” or “too obvious”. Providing your doctor with all the information about what is happening to your body can very often prove to be life-saving. A tiny lump, inexplicable bouts of pain, mysterious blackouts, bouts of dizziness-these are some of the symptoms that are never to be ignored.

Trust your doctor

Trusting you doctor is essential. If you give the impression that you know that your doctor is incapable of treating your medical condition, this will not help your doctor’s self-confidence or desire to help you. Remember, your doctor is as much a human being as you are. It is how best a doctor-patient relationship is established that affects the effectiveness of the treatment.


Be punctual

Do not postpone tests that have been prescribed by your doctor. Go for your medical check-ups regularly. Make sure that you take your medicines (including vitamins and health supplements) regularly, and in the correct sequence that has been prescribed by your doctor.