Ask a Doctor: How much personal information should I share with my doctor?

Ask a Doctor: How much personal information should I share with my doctor?

June 20th, 2017 by Dr. Mary McKenzie in Life Entertainment

Dr. Mary McKenzie, CHI Memorial Integrative Medicine Associates

Dr. Mary McKenzie, CHI Memorial Integrative Medicine Associates

Photo by David Humber

Q: How much personal information should I share with my doctor?

A: It is important for you as the patient to feel confident and comfortable sharing vital details about your well-being with your health-care provider. This bond is just as important for your physician as it helps create an overall story about your total health. Creating an environment of trust between yourself and your doctor also enables you to feel valued and free to openly share thoughts and opinions.

Opening up about your daily life and sharing your family history helps your doctor give an accurate diagnosis and guide you through the best treatment options, when necessary, and stay on the path to your best overall health.

— Dr. Mary McKenzie, CHI Memorial Integrative Medicine Associates; member, Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society