Building a Trusted Care Team: Five Must Do’s
By Stefanie Sacks, MS, CNS, CDN
When consulting a doctor or other healthcare provider, whether for wellness or illness, always remember that you are essentially interviewing them for a crucial role. The presence of an MD (or other letters) after their name doesn't automatically qualify them to meet your needs. You are the CEO of your health, empowered to curate a team that aligns with your individual requirements.
Understanding and accepting this as a fundamental truth sets you up for success. You are your own CEO! So here are our 5 must do’s when building a healthcare team that should feel honored to partner in your care:
Research and Choose Qualified Professionals
Take the time to research and choose healthcare professionals with reputable qualifications and experience.
Don’t hold anything back—share your medical history, concerns, and preferences
Establish open and clear communication with each member of your healthcare team whether via portals, phone or email. Effective communication ensures that everyone is on the same page regarding your health goals and treatment plan.
Collaboration Among Team Members
Ensure that your healthcare providers collaborate and share information with each other. This is especially important if you have multiple specialists involved in your care. A collaborative approach helps in creating a holistic and coordinated healthcare plan.
Active Involvement in Decision-Making
Be an active participant in your healthcare decisions. Ask questions, seek clarification, and understand the reasoning behind recommended treatments. A trusted healthcare team values your input and involves you in the decision-making process, fostering a sense of partnership in your care.
Regular Check-ins and Follow-ups:
Schedule regular check-ins and follow-ups with your healthcare team. These meetings allow you to discuss any changes in your health, address concerns, and track progress. Regular communication ensures that adjustments can be made to your treatment plan as needed.
Building a trusted healthcare team requires thoughtful consideration, effective communication, and active participation. By taking these steps, you can enhance the quality of your healthcare, establish a strong and reliable support system, and transform your health.
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