How often do you actually listen to what your doctor tells you? For many of us, the things that are doctors tell us are things that we just don’t want to hear. It could be related to something that we should be doing or some foods that we shouldn’t be eating any longer.
It’s not always easy to accept what your doctor tells you, but when you pay attention to them, you can actually help to reduce hospital readmission rates. This is especially true for seniors who may have been admitted to the hospital for a heart attack, stroke, accidental fall, or other ailment.
The keys to paying attention to your doctor.
The most important aspect to paying attention to the doctor is to hear what he or she has to tell you. If you hear the diagnosis, but ignore the rest of what he or she is saying, then you’re not going to be getting all of the right information.
Focus on what they are telling you, even if you don’t like what you’re hearing. You may not be willing to quit smoking, or drinking wine, or having your coffee for breakfast, but if that is something they are telling you to do, otherwise you could be at risk to be readmitted to the hospital, then that’s you choice. But you should ‘hear them out’ first, before making any decisions about your own care.
Do you enjoy spending time in the hospital? Do you not care about your own health and well-being any longer? If not, and if you don’t really mind being rushed to the hospital in an emergency, then you’re not likely going to listen to what the doctor is telling you anyway.
However, for the rest of us, the majority of us, our doctors are trying to give us the best opportunity to make a full (or as close to full as possible) recovery at home. That requires paying attention and listening.
If you don’t understand something, or miss it, ask for clarification.
Just because the doctor talking to you has on a white coat and went through 8 years of schooling, plus residency, and training, that doesn’t mean he or she isn’t going to be patient with you. Ask questions if you don’t understand something. Find out why it will matter if you follow their instructions.
Ultimately, it’s up to you whether you want to make a full recovery from your health issues, but listening to the doctor and heeding his or her advice at home will help to reduce hospital readmission rates.
Latest posts by Natalie Smith (see all)
- A Simple Way to Discuss the Sensitive Topic of Home Care with Dad - January 31, 2017
- What Does It Mean to ‘Serve’ a Loved One with Alzheimer’s? - December 19, 2016
- 5 Key Facts About Family Caregivers in the U.S. - November 17, 2016