A “General Advice” Checklist
Here are a list of topics presented in this chapter. Don’t bother reading this list now. The list is for your convenience after you’ve finished the chapter, and down the road, so you can check back to see what you remember and what you need to refresh yourself on.
General Advice Checklist
__ Your number-one, most-important asset for getting good medical care (a personal health record) __ You need a “Problem List” (especially if you don’t have a personal health record) __ A solution to not getting enough of your doctor’s time (thank goodness there is one!) – You have touse the Internet. __ The Internet is your new best friend __ Chronic illness mismanagement, clinical inertia, and how to get what you need __ Misdiagnosed __ Medications: prescribing errors __ Medications: Side effects and medication interactions __ Medications: problems in the elderly __ Medications: lab tests are often needed for safety
certainmedications __ Medications: just plain mix-ups __ Medication errors – additional information __ You may not be getting the tests or the specialty referral you need for your medical condition—dividedloyalties __ Your after-hours call to a doctor to see if you should go to the emergency room—your doctor may haveconflicting loyalties __ Referrals to specialists: your doctor’s advice may be tainted by your insurance plan __ Your healthcare
can affect your health __ Procedures and operations: studies show much inappropriate use __ Some doctors are “bad apples” or impaired __ The electronic medical record __ I don’t want to have to participate this much in my medical care—I just want the doctor to do it __ What haven’t I heard of these things before? __ You have the ability to stop many medical errors before they reach you __ Do the best you can to stay with the primary physician of your choice __ Intuition—fact or fiction?