- Bring a list of questions to the appointment so you’re ready with your concerns.
- Know your medical history — it’s key for a diagnosis — and be honest.
- Don’t come in with a self-diagnosis, as it can destroy the doctor-patient relationship.
K. Aleisha Fetters, Contributor
Your visits might be sporadic and your conversations all business, but what you and your doctor have is still a relationship. And it’s an important one.
“For the doctor, building rapport and a trusting relationship with a patient allows for a greater sensitivity to what’s going on with the patient,” says board-certified neurologist Harry G. Kerasidis, M.D., founder of Chesapeake Neurology Associates in Maryland. “The physician can pick up on even the non-verbal cues that the patient is communicating.” And for the patient, “having that trusting relationship inspires confidence and a positive approach to the treatment plan, ensuring compliance and enhancing the odds of success.”
Plus, if you and your doctor get along famously, heading to the doctor’s office isn’t so much of a, well, headache. Here are six ways to improve the doctor-patient relationship.