Treat your Hormones with Personal Healthcare

By Dr. Daniel Tran

I believe the doctor-patient relationship is the cornerstone of all hormone treatment options. It’s the avenue in which data are gathered, diagnoses are made, treatments are discussed, and healing begins.

Since ancient times, doctors have recognized that the wellbeing of their patients depends upon effective communication between themselves and the patient.

Today, effective communication plays an even greater role, especially when most of us are self-diagnosing symptoms using the latest WebMD post or some other medical website.

Misinformation abounds. That’s why it is important to have a quality relationship with your doctor, especially when dealing with hormonal issues.

Download our Education Guide to Hormones: Click here.

When you are actively involved in the decision-making process, you get the combination of your doctor’s expert medical knowledge and your right to be fully informed of all hormone treatment options, including potential side effects, success rates, harms and benefits.

This provides you with the information and support you need to make the best healthcare decisions for dealing with hormonal issues.

Everyone Benefits

A good relationship benefits both you and your doctor. A relationship built on mutual respect, knowledge, trust and perspective allows for better quality and better transfer of information regarding your hormonal issues.

To help build or enhance a strong relationship with your doctor, you should:

  • Bring your symptoms to the attention your doctor in a timely fashion
  • Provide all relevant information about your symptoms
  • Work with your doctor in a mutually respectful way

And remember you have the right:

  • To information regarding the benefits, risks, and costs of treatments
  • To accept or refuse any treatments recommended by your doctor
  • To courtesy, respect, dignity, responsiveness, and timely attention to your needs
  • To confidentiality
  • To continuous healthcare as long as you need treatment

We are fortunate in this country to have lots of medical choices, but on the same note it can be difficult to find a doctor that you can build a quality healthcare relationship with. Here are some suggestions to help in your search. Look for a doctor that’s willing to:

  • Sit down with you and give you the time needed to adequately discuss your medical issues
  • Develop an understanding of you as an individual, not as a disease or a medical condition
  • Show you empathy and respect
  • Listen attentively and create a partnership
  • Elicit your concerns and fears about your disease or condition
  • Answer questions honestly
  • Inform and educate you about treatment options and the course of care
  • Involve you in decisions concerning your medical care

Healthcare seems to be getting more rushed, more high-tech, and less personable all the time. The practice of sitting down with your doctor, and honestly and respectfully discussing your symptoms, condition, or concerns cannot be replaced.

The true benefits of personal healthcare will always continue to cultivate therapeutic benefits that are commonly believed to improve the patient’s experience.

To Your Health,
Daniel Tran, MD

Download our Education Guide to Hormones: Click here.

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