Doctor and patient discussing treatment options.

Keys To a Healthy Doctor-Patient Relationship

Strong relationships are made up of equal parts trust and communication. And, those same elements are required to create a good relationship with your primary care doctor, too.

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Doctors collaborating at an integrated healthcare facility.

Top 4 Benefits of an Integrated Healthcare Model

Integrated healthcare is a team mindset for providing high-quality, patient-centered health services that are coordinated and delivered in a cost-effective manner. The integrated healthcare approach involves a personal physician or care team who knows the individual, who coordinates with other providers and specialists when needed, and who can help the patient navigate the complex healthcare system.

With integrated healthcare, you have one primary physician who delivers healthcare services and acts as care coordinator for a team of medical professionals that work together to treat you. When a team of healthcare professionals is fully aware of your health conditions, they can coordinate a healthcare delivery system and develop a full complementary treatment plan for disease management, patient wellness, and overall better health outcomes. Read more

Mental health professional counseling a patient whose stress affects their well-being.

How Does Stress Affect Your Physical and Mental Health?

Stress is a natural part of everyday life; everyone experiences stress, even if they don’t have an anxiety disorder or other mental illness. But if your body experiences long-term stress, it can cause bigger problems. 

Stress affects mental health just as much as mental health problems affect your body’s stress response in return. Plus, stress-related issues can manifest into physical health problems, as well.  Read more

Workers participating in an employee wellness program.

Improve Business Health With an Employee Wellness Program

Employee wellness programs include a variety of initiatives that help employees improve overall health and well-being: disease prevention, health promotion, and education programs.

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Patient visiting a primary care doctor.

Types of Doctors: What are Primary Care Physicians and Providers?

A doctor-patient relationship is just that — a relationship that is based on trust and clear understanding. Getting to know the same doctor through checkups, screenings, and well visits allows the doctor to know and understand your personal history and symptoms. Plus, that type of familiarity makes it easier to diagnose problems, which ultimately keeps you healthier AND happier.

Your primary care physician is the doctor you turn to for basically everything, from routine checkups to the diagnosis of persistent, nagging illnesses. But what exactly is a primary care doctor and how are primary care providers different from other specialists?

There are a number of differences between the types of doctors and providers involved in primary healthcare. Let’s take a deeper look!

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Patient having conversation about health-related issues with their doctor.

You and Your Doctor: Important Discussions To Have At Your Next Appointment

Having a good relationship with your primary care doctor is crucial to maintaining your overall health and well-being. From vaccinations to preventative care, it’s important that you and your physician are on the same page about how to best approach your healthcare.

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Patient visiting their primary care doctor.

Does a Primary Care Doctor Help Overall Health?

Having a trusted primary care doctor (or primary care physician) is essential for your individual healthcare needs

One – it’s comforting to know that you have a physician who knows your medical history, from vaccinations and minor illnesses to conditions and health issues that you live with on an ongoing basis. Two – studies show that having a primary care doctor leads to better health outcomes at lower costs! But, there’s more to it than just that.

Let’s take a deeper dive into the reasons why you need a trusted primary care doctor.

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Commercial driver undergoing a DOT physical.

A DOT Physical: What Is It Exactly?

A DOT physical is a specific type of physical examination required by the Department of Transportation (DOT). It is performed for individuals whose jobs are considered “safety sensitive,” meaning that their duties not only affect them but also the health of the general public.

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A family physician performing a regular checkup on a patient.

Family Physicians and Your Health

Family physicians, also called primary care physicians and family doctors, are the first line of defense in our healthcare system. Their role covers a wide range of duties: they provide regular checkups, monitor chronic conditions, and inform patients when they need to see a specialist.

A family physician may operate in a private practice or a family practice with other family medicine physicians and typically sees all members of a family – children and adults. Read more

Patient receiving a physical exam.

What Happens During a Physical Exam?

An annual physical exam is the best way for both you and your primary care provider (PCP) to stay informed and up-to-date about your overall wellness. During this checkup, your PCP is able to review your health status, updates in personal and family history since your last checkup, performs a general medical exam, which usually includes different tests depending on your age (along with other risk factors, like family history of health issues).

[FREE CHECKLIST] Get the most out of your physical exam by using this checklist of questions to ask your primary care provider!

Here’s what to expect when you go to the doctor’s office for your physical exam.

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