The Role of Patient Candor in Health OutcomesMarch 22, 2012
A recent post in The Health Care Blog, Stop Lying to Your Doctor” by Dr. James Salwitz, addresses the all-too-common obstacle of patients being less than straightforward during office visits. Failing to tell the truth—the whole truth—during a visit to the doctor will only make things worse. Fear, embarrassment, and other powerful emotions often cause patients to play down the problems when the time comes to list off symptoms. According to Dr. Salwitz, making concerted efforts to keep a clear head in the moments leading up to an office visit will help to ease the stress and anxiety that come with facing a potential health concern.
By approaching healthcare proactively and with candor, patients are better able to communicate with doctors about what’s really going on. According to Dr. Salwitz, that’s the only way of finding the best treatment solutions and offering the best care. No matter how embarrassed the patient might be while listing off what may seem like an endless array of symptoms, patient centric care means being there to listen—without judgment—and offer real solutions. Health outcomes rely heavily on how openly the patient is able to communicate these symptoms with the health care team and the accessibility of patient profiles.
As pointed out in “Stop Lying to Your Doctor”, forging strong doctor-patient partnerships through powerful communication tools paves the way for coordinated care and a superior patient experience. Dynamic solutions like OnPulse put the patient in control of health outcomes by giving providers on demand access to patient profiles and essential information. OnPulse is a one-of-a-kind way of working towards more affordable, innovative solutions for a rich coordinated care experience. Health teams must work towards solutions to overcome patient dishonesty during office visits, which is why OnPulse is a valuable tool for seamless communication and shared knowledge between providers.