Are you someone who most often agrees
with your health care provider’s opinions for your overall medical care? If so,
you’re not alone. Many people look to these professionals to diagnose such
things as health issues, decide which medications are needed, and determine how
your health may change. However, maybe there are times when you have questions
or even feel a bit lost but are afraid of speaking up. So, while it’s true that
they are an expert in clinical medicine, the real expert of yourself is you.
That’s where a concept like the CARES model can help you learn how to work
together with your health care provider to meet your health goals. It can make
you feel more comfortable sharing your own opinions and making your voice
The CARES model is a valuable tool that offers a 5-step process to help you become actively involved in your care. It empowers you to make choices that fit your medical needs and what’s important to you.
Check out the video to see examples of how you can interact with your health care provider.
Being a partner in your care is ongoing. It continues as you take responsibility for such things as appointments, tests, lifestyle choices, or even staying informed about medications and preventive care. Think about your role in deciding what’s best for you. As you take action, always remember you have options if something isn’t working. It’s okay to be bold and ask questions. A MOBE Guide or Pharmacist can also help you on your way to becoming an equal partner in your medical decisions. Get started today.