As the current year draws to a close, it’s a good time to start thinking about goals for the new year. Setting healthcare goals and making sure you discuss these goals with your primary care provider, is an important first step to success.
Common healthcare goals are often linked to lifestyle improvements such as weight loss, exercise, diet, and prioritizing mental health and well-being. More specific healthcare goals could be linked to medical conditions such as, controlling high cholesterol by making diet modifications to limit certain fats, or controlling stress for patients with high blood pressure. Some goals are as simple as finding the time to get a mammogram or establishing care with a dentist.
Your physician can help you meet your healthcare goals in several ways:
2) Identify barriers
3) Coordinate referrals
4) Identify educational tools and resources
5) Create a follow up plan to create accountability and measure success
Whatever your healthcare goals are, by making a point to discuss them with your primary care provider, you will increase your chances of succeeding.