If it doesn’t feel right, push back.

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

“There’s a power dy­namic be­tween pa­tients and doc­tors that makes some peo­ple feel as if doc­tors are higher up on a so­ci­etal hi­er­ar­chy and some­how in charge of what a pa­tient does,” says Hey­man. “That’s not the case. A doc­tor should be a part­ner in a per­son’s health care, not in charge of it.” Go­ing into your ap­point­ments pre­pared— with print­outs of in­for­ma­tion and a list of ques­tions—will boost your con­fi­dence and re­duce anx­i­ety, and may even in­crease your provider’s re­spect for you, he says. If you’ve done your part but still don’t feel like you’re mesh­ing with your doc­tor, it may be time to look for an­other provider. A doc­tor-pa­tient pair­ing is like any other re­la­tion­ship: some­times it’s just not the right fit, says Sands. If you don’t have the op­tion of switch­ing—be­cause of in­surance or where you live, per­haps—try call­ing in some backup. “Bring your spouse or some­one else who can help make sure you get all your ques­tions an­swered and make your needs known,” sug­gests Hey­man. They can help you un­der­stand what your doc­tor is say­ing, and pro­vide emo­tional sup­port if it’s nerve-wrack­ing.

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