Conclusions are based on the information available at the moment.
I went to my doctor's appointment with all my information and guess what? There was STILL missing information. Even after my other physician's assistant verified that lab and clinic information would be sent to my rheumatologist, it wasn't there.
So how much information do you need? That depends. For my appointment the missing labs were not such a big deal. It was a touch base appointment. But what if there was something more urgent where those results were vital. (sorry no pun intended)
These are some things to think about:
In order to make the best conclusion and optimize your care, you and your physician must have all the pieces of the puzzle. You have control over that. The question is will you do it?
To Your Most Informational and Healthy Self.
I'm going to see my rheumatologist today. It's been awhile since we've met and although I have an extended appointment with him, I still want to make sure he has all the information possible in front of him so I am bringing the following.
Sounds like a lot. But in order to get the best medical plan moving forward, you need to provide all the pieces of information. That means keeping on top of your medical files.
How and where you keep your information is always completely up to you. The most important thing is that it is organized so that you can access it when you need it. All the pieces of your medical history combined with your care team's input will give you the best possible physician's visit.
To your most peaceful and healthy self
For more information on being your best health care advocate, take a read from the SafelyFiled post from September of last year.
Where do you go when you want truthful and factual information? The source of course!
In taking care of your health, your source has historically been your primary care physician. And while they are still an important part of your health care team, you probably have more than y our one provider. Especially if you have any kind of complicated health condition or are caring for another. Even eye appointment results are important for your care team to review.
With many physicians and specialists providing input, who is leading the team? YOU are!. You are your best - and possibly only-ambassador for your health.
So what does this mean? It means that YOU are the one to coordinate the communication between providers. It means that you are the one who has access to all of your health information at any given time. It means that you are the one to keep that information safe and secure.
Sounds scary, but communication combined with accurate and updated information allows your care team to provide you with the best care possible. It is with the full scope of data that they are able to make suggestions and recommendations. Each piece is important.
To your peace and health by providing all the right pieces.
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