Coordinating Your Care

How Patients Can Help Coordinate Their Care

Coordinating CareYour doctor should help you coordinate your care. This means knowing about the treatments or tests you get from specialists and any care you receive at other hospitals and doctors' offices. Coordination of care helps make sure that you are getting the right care, at the right time, without errors.

Below are questions you can answer about experiences with your doctor. There are also lists of ways that patients can help make care better.

How often does your doctor seem informed and up-to-date about the care you receive from specialists?

When patients need certain types of care, they may go to specialists such as heart doctors, acupuncturists, chiropractors, herbalists, alternative health care practitioners, or other health care providers. Your primary care doctor should know about all the specialists that you see.

Here are some actions you can take to make sure your doctor is informed about the care you receive from specialists:

When your doctor orders a blood test, X-ray, or other test, does someone from the office give you the results?

Doctors should tell patients about all their test results. This includes results from blood tests, x-rays, and other routine or special tests.

Here are some actions you can take to make sure your doctor's office gives you test results:

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