Tell your doc­tor what you learn.

Diabetic Living (USA) - - Doctor’s Orders -

When you find in­for­ma­tion on­line or through your peer net­work, don’t keep it to your­self—share it with your health care team. “Some­times we pa­tients ex­pect doc­tors to know ev­ery­thing.

But how can they?” asks deBronkart. “Con­sider that the av­er­age fam­ily doc­tor treats thou­sands of con­di­tions, and more than 2,000 new med­i­cal jour­nal ar­ti­cles are pub­lished ev­ery day.” When bring­ing info to your doc­tor, be re­spect­ful and hon­est, and ask for her in­put. “Say, ‘I found this—what do you think?’” deBronkart sug­gests. Keep­ing a copy of your med­i­cal records and shar­ing things in your med­i­cal his­tory your doc­tor might not know about is im­por­tant, too, says Sands. “Pa­tients who view their health records on­line or track their own data and share it with their physi­cians may be able to avoid er­rors, such as drug in­ter­ac­tions or al­ler­gies, missed screen­ings, and du­pli­cate test­ing—as in, ‘Ac­tu­ally, Doc­tor, I just had that test done a few months ago at an­other fa­cil­ity,’” he says.

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