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Family Tree: Communicating with your physician

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Establishing a primary care physician is an important part of preventive care, and communicating with your physician is the key to finding issues early. Getting a yearly physical helps your doctor track the changes in your health over time and helps to make sure you receive all of the appropriate screenings and vaccinations. These visits also give you the chance to discuss any concerns you have with your doctor. At Cone Health, our primary care physicians work to create a partnership with their patients as they care for their individual needs.

Good communication with your doctor can make a difference in your care, but it can be difficult to remember everything you want to talk about during your visit. Making a list of what you want to discuss with your physician beforehand can help you remember, and prioritize what is most important. If you have a recurring pain or concern, keeping track of how often it occurs, anything that triggers it and the details of what you felt gives your doctor a better idea of what you’re going through and helps them narrow down possible causes.

Developing a relationship with your physician helps create open lines of communication, but it can be hard to know where to begin. Important topics to discuss with your doctor include:

  • Any recent visits to the hospital
  • If there have been any changes to your family history, like new illnesses
  • If you are taking any new medicines, including over-the-counter medication
  • Any changes to how you are feeling

At Cone Health, primary care physicians consider it a privilege that their patients trust them to care for their families through all parts of life. Fortunately, Cone Health has an exceptional network of primary care physicians dedicated to educating and caring for individuals throughout the community in order to promote overall wellbeing and good quality of life.

Spokesperson Background:

Dr. Megan Johnson is a Family Medicine specialist at Crissman Family Practice and a member of Cone Health Medical Group. She received a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience from Hamilton College in 2007 her medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2011. Dr. Johnson completed her residency in family medicine at Kent Hospital in 2014 and her fellowship in neuromusculoskeletal and osteopathic manipulative medicine at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015.