10 Tips for Building a Doctor-Patient Relationship
Use these tips for talking with your doctor about joint health and managing your arthritis
1. Building Trust
A good doctor-patient relationship is built on trust. You understand and respect your doctor’s point of view. Your doctor, in turn, understands and respects yours. A successful partnership takes time and effort.
2. Make a Date With Your Doctor
See your primary care physician for a routine check-up at least once a year. If you have an inflammatory type of arthritis, see your rheumatologist as often as they recommend.
3. Have a Goal
4. Fess Up to all Medicines
5. Measure Joint Pain
6. Be Prepared
7. Kick Butt
8. Be Honest About Your Struggles
9. Talk About Medicine Concerns
10. Do Your Homework
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