The key to successfully managing patient expectations is accurate foreshadowing. As a provider your job is to guide patients towards good health. Good health in the world of Obesity medicine means reducing body fat levels to 20% in men and 25% in women. Getting to these levels is a process and Doctor’s must lead patients through it. The only way to lead a patient is by having credibility. Credibility can be built through telling patients what they will experience ahead of time. Physicians should anticipate patient experiences, feelings, and questions to address them ahead of time. Doing so makes the patients believe that they can trust their health care provider. The more times a provider can be right (even about small things), the more credibility exists. Credibility leads patients to be compliant and open to successful treatment. Here are a few different things you could anticipate in order to gain credibility with your patients:
1. Side effects
Every treatment plan has side effects. It is important to communicate these side effects to patients before they occur. Preparation will result in less panic about side effects. The Mindful Living E-Book does a great job summarizing the possible side effects associated with it. The book also shares possible remedies for each side effect.