This is a hot topic right now within healthcare. The basic idea is simple: people get more from their healthcare when they are active participants, especially when they are proactive about their health. (Such people are sometimes called “e-patients,” with the “e” standing for engaged, enabled, equipped, and educated.)
This means doing things like asking questions, researching your health problems online, connecting with others facing similar health challenges, and most of all: making sure the healthcare providers know what’s important to YOU.
For instance, you should be actively involved in developing the medical plan, meaning that at a minimum, you should let the doctors know whether what they’re proposing sounds ok to you. And, you should be able to let them know if the treatment plan isn’t working out well for you.
Now, one big problem is that we’re often feeling sick when we’re involved with the healthcare system, especially when it comes to hospitals. Which is why family caregivers are very important, when it comes to being proactive and involved with healthcare. When a person has a family member or friend helping them be proactive, getting better healthcare is much more likely. [Read more…]