What’s the most important part of being a doctor? Some may say that offering expert care is important, while others argue years of experience is best. The vein specialists in Orlando at Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center agree that both of these things are important and absolutely necessary for quality care. But we also believe that what separates good doctors from great ones is the ability to effectively communicate with and educate patients about their own care. This should be clear just from the word doctor: it comes from the Latin word docere, which means to teach. Here is why we consider patient education to be a vital part of patient care.
Medical terminology isn’t easy. We know. We’ve undergone years of training to ensure we have the most up-to-date knowledge about your care. But we also understand that patients often aren’t aware of the intricacies of their vein health, and it’s our job to fix that. Part of our job is to demystify vein health by taking complex medical terms and breaking them down into a form that makes sense and doesn’t overwhelm our patients.
What does this look like in practice? It means that we make sure that our patients are well-informed about their own veins. They leave our office with an understanding of their current vein health, the treatment options that would have the best results for them, and the reasons why we are recommending these options. This level of knowledge reduces a patient’s anxiety about their own care.
Patients Can Make More Informed Decisions
The introduction of medical information on the internet has caused some frustration among patients. A couple of Googled symptoms can take patients down a rabbit hole of pages and toward a solution that may not at all be correct for them or even be relevant to their own health. The answers they come across may even be more severe than reality and create unnecessary anxiety.
When we educate our patients, we do so with sensitivity. Our goal is not to overwhelm, but to give patients an honest, accurate picture of their vein health. This means that patients feel more ownership over their own care. They are able to make decisions about their treatment that will lead them down the path that’s best for their needs.
Patients See Better Outcomes
The best part about educating patients? They are often healthier as a result. We’ve seen that when patients are fully educated about their health and treatment options, they can begin to self-manage parts of their care that don’t require specialist intervention. They understand the reasons why they need to follow their treatment plan for their varicose veins and why their vein health is important. As a result, they often make decisions at home that bring them closer to healthy veins. It’s important for us to give our patients the right expectations of treatment, not unrealistic promises.
As the vein specialists in Orlando at Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center, all we want is for our patients to be happy and healthy with their overall vein health. And we’ve seen that a combination of expert care with an openness to patient questions and concerns results in a higher level of success for our patients. If you’re interested in getting the best patient care possible, give us a call today at 407-545-3385 or 352-658-5547 to schedule a consultation with one of our specialists. From the first phone call, we’ll make sure you always have all the information you need to make the best choices.