Improving Doctor/Caregiver Relationships
By Ryan Mackey

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.

Tips for Caregivers from HealthCare Professionals 

  • Be aware of a loved one’s medical condition prior to a doctor visit.

  • Be supportive of the doctor’s willingness to help, and saying “thank you” may mean a whole lot more than expected.

  • Be honest with concerns and questions, and understand that not every question has an easy response.

  • Know the intricacies at the doctor’s office and/or hospital in case of emergency.

  • Some doctors offer consultation appointments that allow a sit-down setting with the doctor to discuss all the issues and concerns.

  • Keep emotions in check and remember a doctor is there to help as best they can.

  • It is always good to write down any questions ahead of time.

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