How Can I Help My Doctor?
During the past decade, we have witnessed unprecedented advances in medical knowledge and technology. Many new medications are becoming available for both the treatment and prevention of diseases. Newly developed tests are not only more accurate, but are also quicker and more tolerable than the older techniques. Some conditions that formerly required major surgeries and prolonged hospitalizations are being corrected by minimally invasive procedures with an overnight hospital stay. This exciting pace of medical innovations shows no sign of letting up.
Meanwhile, many doctors and patients alike are disenchanted with the healthcare delivery system in our country. Doctors are frustrated by the regulatory burden and frequently complain that their time to care for their patients is limited. Additionally, many patients feel that they are not receiving the timely and quality care they deserve.
There is no quick remedy for our ailing medical delivery system. However, doctors and patients should work together to improve their relationship. Both parties can accomplish this through better patient education, more open communication, and a lot of patience and understanding. Traditionally, it is the doctors' responsibility to establish trusting relationships with their patients. However, there are a number of steps that patients can and should take to help themselves and their doctors.
How can I help my doctor?
You can help your doctor by organizing your medical history prior to your doctor's visit. Here is how:
What questions to ask my doctor?
How about follow-up care?
Arriving at an accurate diagnosis and optimal treatment often takes time and may require repeated visits and tests. Be patient and communicate with your doctor. Here are some suggestions:
- Allergic Skin Disorders
- Bacterial Skin Diseases
- Bites and Infestations
- Diseases of Pigment
- Fungal Skin Diseases
- Medical Anatomy and Illustrations
- Noncancerous, Precancerous & Cancerous Tumors
- Oral Health Conditions
- Papules, Scales, Plaques and Eruptions
- Scalp, Hair and Nails
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
- Vascular, Lymphatic and Systemic Conditions
- Viral Skin Diseases
- Additional Skin Conditions