I love when my patients ask questions. It tells me they are invested in their care and are advocates for their own health and well-being. I like to refer to these patients as ‘riding shotgun’—they’re getting involved rather than taking a back seat when it comes to care. So I share, explain, and make each patient a part of the process.
Not every clinician embraces patient empowerment or the idea of shared responsibility. But as health care management becomes increasingly burdensome and patient cases progressively complex, medicine needs to be a team experience and the patient is a natural participant. … Read more
December 6, 2013