In this episode, Dr. Talya Miron-Shatz is my guest. She’s the author of a book called Your Life Depends on It: What You Can Do to Make Better Choices About Your Health. Today, we talk about our relationships with doctors and health care providers—and the specifics of navigating these relationships. I hear from a lot of listeners who are frustrated by their relationships with their doctors because they feel pushed into doing things they don’t want to do or they feel like their doctors don’t listen to them.
Today, we talk about how to build a relationship with your doctor. Dr. Miron-Shatz shares the questions we need to ask our doctors and also how to find good practitioners for your children. We even talk about how to navigate the gender differences that still occur in medicine.
If you have ever felt frustrated or not heard in a relationship with a doctor or medical provider, I feel like this interview will have some tangible steps to help you along the way. So, let’s jump in!
Episode Highlights from Talya Miron-Shantz
- Why healthcare is so confusing
- How to partner with doctors and practitioners in your health
- Why we should view our interactions with a doctor as a relationship and how to cultivate it
- The most crucial piece of any relationship with our doctor
- How to be an informed patient
- The three questions to ask before any procedure or diagnosis: risks, benefits, and alternatives
- Why asking about alternatives is a very important piece of your healthcare
- The importance of having a good relationship with your doctor even when you or your kids aren’t sick
- How to maximize your time with your doctor during appointments
- How to ask better questions and talk to your doctor as an informed patient so they can listen and understand
- Working with our doctors to get better care for our kids
- What to do when you receive shocking or distressing medical information
- How to discern what medical information is valuable
- Navigating gender differences in healthcare and medicine
Resources We Mention
- Your Life Depends on It: What You Can Do to Make Better Choices About Your Health by Dr. Tayla Miron-Shatz
- Dr. Tayla Miron-Shatz’s website
- Kenkora – health assessments and coaches
- Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
- How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman
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