patvytpit Posted December 2, 2010 Report Share Posted December 2, 2010 I saw this in the PNA newsletter and thought there were some very good points. My link Ellen Berry: A Patient?s Perspective A Doctor Appointment is Like an American Idol Audition It's perfectly normal to have stage fright in an audition. Standing in the spotlight, in front of judges who have the power to change your life in an instant, would make anyone nervous. But as we've learned from watching clips of American Idol contestant auditions, there are things we can do to increase our chances of getting taken seriously. An appointment with a doctor can be a lot like an audition. The nature of their job requires that doctors make judgment calls every day - usually with limited time and information. Here are some tips and insights that may help you make it to the next round? and keep your sense of humor at the same time. ? Like any audition, you have a brief slot of time during your appointment (for which you may have waited weeks, months or years) to persuade a doctor that you are worth taking seriously. You may have auditioned many times before only to find yourself still seeking your big break. ? For the audition to go well, you must be well-prepared, with all the necessary paperwork such as lab test results from previous doctors, a detailed family history and a list of current prescriptions. ? Communicating clearly, persuading with passion, staying on point and being honest are important for successfully selling your case. ? Signs, symptoms and positive test results should back up what you say. ? You must meet contest rules, such as having the right kind of condition for the type of medicine the doctor practices, and proof that if the doctor agrees to treat you, you can pay him or her. ? Challenging the doctor inappropriately is likely to turn him or her off, while righteous or appropriate challenges reveal your personal commitment. What constitutes inappropriate behavior is subjective and changes from moment to mood. ? Referrals from other doctors go a long way to getting instant credibility. ? Patients who take advice to heart and demonstrate a willingness to do what it takes are more likely to earn support. ? Being respectful, positive, nice, attractive, well-groomed, physically fit and compliant are all attributes the judges (whoops, doctors) are looking for in a candidate. Always remember that you?re in a competition for time, resources and support, so bring your best game. Whether you go on to receive star treatment, or go back to your limited quality of life, you'll know that you did what you could, and you'll be better equipped to ace the next audition. Ellen Berry spent 25 years looking for a diagnosis before she figured out the problem: Cushing?s disease. Advocating for her own wellness helped her finally receive the treatment she needed. She is a professional writer and owns her own creative consulting company, Phenom Publishing. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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