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What can Patients Do to Improve Their Medical Care?
We have touched on the subject of the patient’s contribution toward their own best medical care briefly on various threads in the past but now I would like to devote an entire thread to the issue. There has been a host of topics dealing with what physicians and other healthcare providers could be doing better. And I believe there is much validity to many of the comments about deficiencies and excesses in the medical profession and the need for change.
But what about the patients themselves? Again, believe it or not, medical diagnosis and effective treatment is a two way street. Beyond physician responsibilities, it is the responsibility of patients to provide the history, the cooperation with examinations, compliance with treatment and timely communication with doctors regarding treatment course and complications.
I don’t want to write more here myself. I do want to read comments from my visitors regarding how they look at the need for patient participation and cooperation in their own medical care. It's OK to present any personal examples but no names please. ..Maurice.