How to Build a Rapport With Your Physician

Having a good line of 2-way communication with your physician is a key factor in receiving the best care possible, and possibly save you money in the long run.

A recent article in Health Affairs says that being an “engaged” patient – using communication, exercising, and preventive care – is a positive strategy to achieve improved health outcomes, better patient care, and lower costs.

Another factor is being an “Activated” patient.  From the article:

PATIENT ACTIVATION: Many studies have shown that patients who are “activated”–that is, have the skills, ability, and willingness to manage their own health and health care–experience better health outcomes at lower costs compared to less activated patients. In an effort to quantify levels of patient engagement, Judith Hibbard of the University of Oregon has developed a “patient activation measure”–a validated survey that scores the degree to which someone sees himself or herself as a manager of his or her health and care.

You can read the entire article in a PDF by online at HealthAffairs.org.