Good communication is key to your health.

Effective communication is important in every relationship, but perhaps especially so between patients and doctors. Yet, our patient survey showed that communication with their doctors was the second greatest challenge in healthcare (cost of care was first). In this week’s #patientchat, Friday February 21st at 10am PST/ 1pm EST we will discuss strategies to help improve communication with your doctor. Here are some questions to be considering:

  • What are some strategies to know to help improve communication with your doctor?
  • Do you feel comfortable taking notes in a doctor’s appointment?
  • What are ways to get information you need from your doctor other than face to face communication?
  • Do you practice good listening skills when you are in a doctor’s appointment? (make eye contact, open arms (not folded), listening before responding)
  • Do you always say what you think in a doctor’s appointment? If so, how? If not, why?

Like all skills, good communication takes practice and will vary based on the ability of each participant. Let’s discuss productive ways to improve communication, and thus improve relationships and outcomes, between patient, caregiver, and providers.

How to participate

  1. Create or login to your Twitter account.
  2. Go to one of the above links at 10am PST every other Friday.
  3. Follow the @intakeme Twitter account by clicking here, and then clicking Follow.
  4. Respond to Questions from @intakeme and always include the hashtag #patientchat in your responses
  5. Don’t forget to say hello by introducing yourself, including the hashtag #patientchat
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Darla Brown

CEO & Founder at Intake.me
Darla Brown is the co-founder and CEO of Intake.me and a life long technology enthusiast and nerd. Intake.me is a digital health company focused on empowering people in their health. Darla's career in technology spans two decades, where she has successfully led engineering teams in Los Angeles to build highly scalable, consumer-facing platforms for companies like ThisNext.com, Comedy.com, Taschen Books, E*TRADE, The Jim Henson Company, and many more. She transitioned her focus into healthcare after going through cancer treatment in 2010 and finding so few technologies created from the patient's perspective. She is a strong voice for patient-centered, value based care, as well as accessibility and transparency. She is also a registered yoga teacher and meditation teacher.
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