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Published on January 21, 2020

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Three Ways to Build a Relationship with Your Doctor

Building a relationship with a doctor is one of the most important investments you can make in your health.

“Your doctor is a trusted partner who can see the big picture of your health, helping you to stay on top of important preventive health issues before they become serious and help you set and achieve health goals,” said Kevin Post, DO, Chief Medical Officer of Avera Medical Group.

Follow these tips for building a relationship with your physician:

  • Have an annual physical. Your yearly checkup is a conversation with your doctor about where you stand in your health journey, and helps ensure that you are up-to-date on important preventive health tasks like immunizations and cancer screenings.
  • Be open and honest. Make sure your doctor has a clear picture of your health history. If your parent was diagnosed with cancer, if your grandparent survived a heart attack, if you use nicotine, struggle with depression or don’t feel safe in your home – these are important things for your doctor to know about. He or she is there to help, not judge.
  • Sign up for AveraChart. Visit AveraChart.org and sign up for an account. Not only does AveraChart give you easy access to your health care information, it allows you to send messages to your care team, get lab and imaging results and immunization records, and request appointments. It’s a great way to stay in touch!

Don’t have a primary care doctor? Start your search today at Avera.org/doctors. Look for a physician, certified nurse practitioner or physician assistant who specializes in family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology or pediatrics. Avera.org/doctors offers videos and star ratings to help you find a doctor who is a good fit for you.

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