4. Medical Information Sharing

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In order to maintain good health, it is a good idea to see a doctor on a regular basis. By seeing a doctor regularly, he or she can note any changes that may have occurred in your overall health that you may not be aware of. When a person first sees a doctor, his or her staff will ask you to fill in a medical information sheet. Many personal questions will be included in this questionnaire, but keep in mind that the reason for this is done with your health care in mind. This sheet will be used to assess your health condition before you undergo a physical examination. It is important to note that you should be as truthful about your health as you can be, even if that truth may be embarrassing. By being completely honest with your doctor, he or she will have a better idea of how to proceed with your treatment if treatment is necessary.

One of the questions that may be listed is about your medical history. In order to move forward with a treatment plan, it is important for a doctor to know of any illnesses you have dealt with in the past. If, for instance, there is a history of cancer or heart disease in your family, this information could be very valuable to your doctor. Other questions may include drinking and smoking habits, allergies, and the medications you are currently taking. All this information helps healthcare professionals develop a profile of your current medical condition and identify, through your family history, any issues that may come up in the future.

All information shared with a healthcare professional is kept in complete confidentiality meaning your doctor will never share your personal information with anyone else. So be truthful when filling in any information a doctor is asking for.

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