By: Elena Jamscek, PA-C
A lot of times we are just going to the doctor for a simple matter like a cold or a cough; other times we are going to the doctor for a long term problem or more concerning issue. In the case of the latter, it would be helpful to have a family member or friend with you. The benefits of another body in the room (1-4) are pretty self explanatory…
- Giving details about the patient’s concerns/issues, if needed.
- Translating, if there is a language barrier.
- Helping the patient understand the diagnosis and treatment plan
- Assisting the patient in making treatment decisions to fit lifestyle/home needs
#5 IS THE MORE IMPORTANT OF THE REASONS IN MY OPINION.
- Remembering WHAT was said. This is especially true if there is a difficult diagnosis, when frequently the patient cannot remember anything said after the diagnosis.
Recently my grandfather has been having heart issues and it has been a great help to have a family member with him for follow up instructions and medication directions.
If you as the patient want to bring someone to a doctor’s visit consider parents, adult children, siblings, spouse/partner, caregivers, neighbors, or friends.
Other hints for the visitor (not the patient):
- Please do not bring up your own medical complaints. Your focus of the visit should be on the patient, too.
- Step out of the room so that the patient can address any personal or confidential issues with the physician.
- If you are the caregiver and are overwhelmed, let the physician know. More assistance or respite care can be arranged.