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Improving Doctor/Caregiver Relationships

By Ryan Mackey

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Tips for Doctors from Caregivers

  • Allow yourself to feel for the caregiver and be in support of their role.

  • Be as up front as possible with any health conditions or diagnoses of loved ones.

  • Do not be afraid to ask how the caregiver is doing, and think of their needs even when tending to a loved one.

  • Be thorough and open with any medications you may prescribe, and alert the caregiver to any concerns or side effects that may result.

  • Always be comfortable enough to tell the caregiver about any resources or health care options available, outside of prescribing medication and diagnosing the illness.

  • Consider how a diagnosis may affect the caregiver, and will the caregiver be affected by the therapy chosen.

  • Explain the legalities of any emergency actions from resuscitation rights to sustaining life on a respirator.

  • Allow caregivers enough time to make decisions in the life of their loved ones in non-emergency settings. Never be quick to rush them into deciding right away upon a certain medication or treatment.

 

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