Interestingly there are some very effective communication skills that if adopted can result in reduced medical errors and at patients end it would become easy to share medical history and the current symptoms.
Whenever you are in a crucial conversation with your Diabetologist, always follow the following guidelines that can help make the communication smoother and easier:
- It is a myth that our doctor knows each and everything about us (patients) and hence he/she is responsible for helping us get rid of our disease. In actual it is totally wrong because you are the expert of yourself and no one else on earth could better explain you than you your ownself. So point to be noticed here is, whenever you visit your doctor always explain your medical history so that whenever he/she starts treating you they are in better position to take accurate decisions about your treatment. Even in between a treatment if you face any undesirable symptoms always share that with your diabetologist at your earliest.
For example you are visiting your diabetologist in order to take help, manage your diabetes. It is your first and foremost duty to share your medical history with your diabetologist such as if you are a heart patient or you have stents placed in your heart or you have some kidney problem always inform your diabetologist well before the treatment starts. This will result in an informed decision and a chance of success drastically rises.
- It is always recommended to speak before the situation becomes crucial. Getting angry, worried or upset results negatively and thus should be avoided. Before these harsh behaviors attack you, talk to your doctor. We (Patients) often take doctors for granted without realizing that it is a hassled profession and doctor always tries his/her level best to treat patient under any circumstances.
For example, if you have observed a pattern of getting angry on regular basis, talks to your diabetologist as this could be one of the symptoms that you sugar levels are not maintained well. Not giving importance to your increased anger pattern can have horrific results.
- Being respectful to others is not only a good habit but also in return you are being respected by others. It is a give and take relationship and it always results into a healthy association. The same rule applies to being respectful to your doctor, which shows your trust over your doctor’s potential and position.