Statistics have shown that over 25% of people have misled their caregiver. Sharing personal information about your health can be intimidating or uncomfortable, but it’s important to be honest with your provider so that you can get an accurate diagnosis, effective treatment plans, and the best results.
This column will review several topics to help you overcome barriers that may prevent you from having an open and honest relationship with your health care provider.
Not only is it highly inappropriate and unprofessional for one provider to share information about you or your medical condition with another provider or medical personnel, it is also illegal. The right of every patient to expect confidentiality and privacy is mandated by federal and state laws. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects individually identifiable health information.
Medical providers take the Hippocratic Oath and swear to respect the privacy of their patients. Remember: anything you share with your provider is private by law.
Failure to provide accurate information to your healthcare provider can cause delays in your diagnosis or treatment. Try to be as specific as possible when discussing common health topics such as your diet, exercise, tobacco use, alcohol use, mental health, sexual history, or drug use for any purpose. recreational.
While your provider asks you questions for additional clarification regarding acute or chronic conditions, try not to embellish or degrade your answers. For example, don’t say you exercise four days a week when you only exercise one a week.
When it comes to your health, the “right” answer is always the truth. Your health is the only thing that matters when you visit the office. When you have an open and honest conversation with your healthcare provider, you will see better long-term results.
What defines an embarrassing topic is patient-specific – a topic that you can easily discuss can be extremely difficult for someone else. Rest assured, you are not alone; what you are experiencing is more than likely something that we have seen or studied before.
We are not here to judge you; We are here to help you. Our goal is to help you live a happy, healthy and fulfilling life. We want to diagnose and treat your condition as accurately as possible.
If you are embarrassed or hesitant to talk about a topic, let your provider know. You can say, “It’s hard for me to talk about it. Most of the time, we are able to come back to the topic you want to bring up. We can help you with the conversation and take a lot of the pressure off you.
It is important to choose a trusted supplier. Ask family and friends who they recommend or if they have any suggestions for a health care provider. Make sure that when you have an appointment with a new provider you feel respected and comfortable and that you have been invited to ask questions, that your diagnosis and treatment plan have been explained and understandable and that the supplier has spent sufficient time with you.
If you don’t think you can be honest with your supplier, it’s better to switch to a new one than to be dishonest. It’s your health – take it in hand and live fully.