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When you go to your PCP for care, share details about your:
Being honest helps build a relationship that can help you be your healthiest self. How well you and your doctor talk with each other is one of the most vital parts of getting good health care, says the National Institutes of Health.
One important thing to share with your PCP is information about any care you’ve had with another health care provider. And give your PCP and other providers permission to speak to each other directly. That way they can share information about your care and progress. You’ll need to sign a “release of information” form with each provider to allow them to share information with each other. You fill in who is allowed to receive your information, so you can add each provider’s name.
If you’ve had a behavioral/mental health issue, your care may have started with your primary doctor. Family physicians are one of the primary sources for mental health care for many people, says the American Association of Family Physicians.
If you’re also going to a mental health provider for care, be sure to fill your PCP in on the details. Primary care and mental health care providers work together to treat their patients. Remember to sign the release form that allows them to share information.
If you are being treated for both physical and mental health issues, be sure all your doctors know this. One health concern can affect another. That means a mental health symptom may make it hard to know that you have a physical problem. And some medicines used for mental health issues can affect you physically. To keep you safe and healthy, your doctors all need to know what you’re taking, says the University of Michigan Medicine.
Your mental health provider is a vital part of your primary care team. But even when you’re seeing another doctor, your PCP remains your overall care manager. Because your PCP knows about all of your physical and mental health history and concerns, your PCP is in the best position to coordinate your care.
Your PCP will support you and your mental health care provider’s treatment plan. So be sure to tell your PCP about your mental health treatment, and remember:
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