How much of a role do you play in your own healthcare?

May 13, 2008 10:43:57 AM PDT
Dr. Mehmet Oz has some tips.

How much of a role do you play in your own healthcare? It may not be enough. Studies have shown patients who get more involved in choosing the right doctor tend to do better overall. Dr. Mehmet Oz who's known for several books including The Owners Manual and his many appearances on Oprah has some tips.

PICKING DR. RIGHT

  • Doctor means "teacher"

  • Ask a nurse

  • Are the partners qualified

  • Do other patients look like you

  • Bring another set of ears

  • Utilize on-line tools to evaluate doctors

  • DRUG CHECKLIST

  • What is medication for
  • When do I take medication
  • Most common side effects

  • Key interactions

  • Write down med list

  • Keep pills in original bottles
  • BECOME WORLD EXPERT ON YOUR BODY

  • Know family ailments

  • Reduce risk factors

  • Seek early diagnosis only if you will shift behavior

  • Prevention does not mean detection

  • Utilize personal health records
  • About Dr. Oz

    Dr. Mehmet Oz is the Professor and Vice Chairman of Surgery at Columbia University in New York City, Director of the Cardiovascular Institute, and Founder and Director for the Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Oz is a widely published author, including the award-winning Healing from the Heart and two best-selling books, YOU: The Owner's Manual and YOU: The Smart Patient. He has written numerous articles for consumer and medical publications, including Newsweek, O, The Oprah Magazine, and The New England Journal of Medicine, and has a bi-monthly column in Esquire magazine. He is also a regular contributor to The Oprah Winfrey Show.

    About Dr. Oz's Show

    Get the essentials to living a longer, more vibrant life during this caller-driven show. Through in-depth conversations on health, Dr. Oz arms listeners with the crucial knowledge they need to take better care of their bodies. Join Dr. Oz and co-host Dr. Michael Roizen -- best-selling author and anti-aging expert -- as they discuss healing techniques, preventative medicine and the latest in health news so that Americans can make well-informed decisions about their health.


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