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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR DERMATOLOGIST

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Working With Your Dermatologist: What Makes a Good Partner

When you have a chronic condition like psoriasis, it’s important to find a dermatologist you trust to partner with you and help manage your condition over time.

A good doctor-patient relationship looks different for everyone, but here are a few key things to look for.

  • An opportunity to voice your concerns and express your treatment goals. Engage your dermatologist in a conversation to work toward those goals.
  • A discussion about treatment options and reasonable expectations. If you’ve looked into treatments on your own, bring the information to share.
  • A conversation about the mental and physical health issues related to psoriasis. Discuss referrals to other professionals and request support materials. Speak up and ask for these resources.
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An Open Mind Can Open Doors: Weighing Treatment Options

Trusting your doctor’s advice is an essential part of your doctor-patient relationship. When you believe your dermatologist is looking out for your best interests with your treatment, it’s easier to approach changes.

So, when your dermatologist suggests a treatment you’re not sure about, try asking “why?” before you leave your appointment. Let your dermatologist explain how a different approach could help your symptoms.

Building understanding can help establish the trust needed to try something different and go for the results you want to see.

Here are some more ways to get the conversation started with the dermatologist.

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SETTLE FOR BEST: Your treatment goals matter, and you deserve a dermatologist who listens to you, responds to you, and partners with you. To prepare for your next appointment, learn how to set clear treatment goals to get the most out of your treatment..

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