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  • Gursharan Kaur

Who's in your circle of care?

Do the medical professionals you’ve let into your circle individualize care for you? Do they take into consideration your goals, religion/culture, financial means, history and opinions in medicine?

It is easy to get lost in the shuffle between all the health care providers you may be seeing. The sheer number of opinions and not having all the information can lead to everyone BUT you making decisions about your health.

Do your health care providers educate you about your options? If not, you miss out on an opportunity to learn more about your body and healthcare system, and the opportunity to make the choice that is right for you financially, mentally, physically and spiritually.

According to research, doctors should be “[aiming to create] a good interpersonal relationship, facilitating exchange of information, and including patients in decision making”[1]. Naturopathic doctors take the time to do all of the above. Since visits with an ND average 45-60 minutes, there is time to build a therapeutic relationship, get to know your goals & priorities and educate you about your options so that you can choose what is best for you.

It is a privilege to be included in your circle of care.

Make sure the people who are caring for you actually care about you.

[1] Ha, J. F., & Longnecker, N. (2010). Doctor-Patient Communication: A Review. The Ochsner Journal, 10(1), 38–43.

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