Fourth in a weekly five-part series by Tiffany Matthews, BSW, MJ, Contributor
What Kind of Patient Are You?
As part of my series on how to get the best health care immediately, I wanted to go further into the concept of figuring out the type of patient you are. This is a critical piece of becoming a stronger and more in-charge patient over your healthcare and treatment.
In my former life as a social worker, I ran into patients that were passive – they really didn’t care what was said, they would go along with any plan their doctor had for them. And I also saw the opposite – major skepticism in patients where the doctor was not trusted. I am hoping to show you how to fall somewhere in the middle, with the ability to use both kinds of characteristics, if needed.
There are some things that you have to ask yourself to find out your patient-type. Answer honestly because the type of patient you are has a direct effect on your health care and treatment, including how you receive it and how it will play out.
Here are some things to think about to determine your patient type.
I did a patient assessment myself. I discovered but there's not a patient bone in my body (no pun intended, I guess). It's not a good thing, but I accept it. Therefore in my healthcare, I have a real problem with long waiting times and I will express myself accordingly to staff. No one should have to wait two hours for a seven minute
After asking yourself these things, you will be well on your way to figuring out your patient-type. There is no right or wrong answer because again everyone is unique. You may have completely different answers than your BFF does.
This is the type of information that will help you long term in your healthcare journey. Knowing your patient-type will help you find the right doctor that will cater to your principles, can help you find the right insurance it covers your treatment style and give you the ability to communicate your wishes to your providers on how things will be done. You will begin to be in charge of your care, which is what you need. And I want that for
Tiffany Matthews, BSW, MJ, is a Writer, Social Worker & Healthcare Advocate at Live Better Boomer! Healthcare Access & Advocacy Services, in the greater Philadelphia area. You can also connect with her on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.