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August 2, 2023

Empowering Your Healthcare Journey

A note from our new Member Advocate, Rachel Alperin.

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A note from our Member Advocate

In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, patient advocacy has emerged as a vital aspect of ensuring quality medical care. Being an active participant in your healthcare journey empowers you to make informed decisions and enhances the doctor-patient relationship. As The Lanby’s Member Advocate, I wanted to share a list of questions to ask your doctor. 

Patient advocacy requires you to speak up when your health and quality of life are on the line. With knowledge, comes power. The greater you understand, and the more clarifying questions you ask, the better prepared you will be in advocating for yourself. Here’s why it matters:

  • Informed Decision-Making: By understanding your condition, treatment options, and potential risks, you can make well-informed decisions that align with your values and preferences.
  • Improved Doctor-Patient Relationship: Engaging in open communication with your doctor fosters trust and collaboration, resulting in better healthcare outcomes.
  • Personalized Care: Advocating for your needs ensures that your healthcare plan is tailored to your individual circumstances.
  • Preventing Medical Errors: By actively participating in your care, you can help prevent misunderstandings and errors that may occur during diagnosis and treatment.
  • Empowerment and Confidence: Being an advocate for your health empowers you to take control of your well-being, leading to increased confidence in your healthcare decisions.

Questions to ask your doctor

To support your patient advocacy efforts, here is a comprehensive list of questions to ask your doctor during appointments. Feel free to tailor these questions to your specific health concerns:

  1. What is my diagnosis, and what does it mean?
  2. What are the potential causes of my condition?
  3. What are the available treatment options, and what are their respective benefits and risks?
  4. Are there lifestyle changes I can make to improve my condition?
  5. Are there alternative treatments or complementary therapies worth considering?
  6. How long will treatment take, and what can I expect during recovery? 
  7. Are there potential side effects of the prescribed medications, and how can I manage them?
  8. How can I monitor my progress or the effectiveness of treatment?
  9. What can I do to prevent the recurrence of this condition?
  10. Are there any specific warning signs or symptoms I should watch for?
  11. Can you recommend any reputable resources (books, articles, podcasts, or support groups) for further information?
  12. How can I best communicate with my Care Team if I have additional questions or concerns?
  13. Can you help me understand the costs associated with my treatment?
  14. Are there any potential interactions between my current medications and supplements that I should be aware of?

Patient advocacy is a powerful tool that can transform your healthcare experience from passive to proactive. By asking relevant and insightful questions, you become an engaged partner in your medical care, leading to more informed decisions and improved health outcomes. Remember, open communication and collaboration with your doctor are key to achieving the best possible care for your unique needs. Embrace your role as a patient advocate and take charge of your health journey with confidence.  

Rachel Alperin

Member Advocate at The Lanby

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