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My Health Counts! Learn Problem Solving Steps
Like most things, self-management is rarely a smooth process. Chances are you will run into a few roadblocks along the way. When it seems like you're getting a little worse or hit a plateau, keep in mind that ups and downs are unavoidable. If your plan doesn't work, don't give up! As we saw in “Ann's Story” there are specific steps that can help you tackle the barriers that get in your way.
Kate Lorig at Stanford University has developed a very successful program called the Chronic Disease Self Management Program . The following steps are adapted from this program:
Identify the problem. This is the first and most important step, but it is usually also the most difficult step, it may take some work to identify the root of the problem.
List ideas to solve the problem. Once you have your list it may be helpful to consult with your “self-management support team”—friends, family, your doctor or community resources.
Select one method to try. New activities can be difficult, so make sure you give your selection a fair chance before deciding that it doesn't work.
Assess the results. If you've solved the problem great! If not it's time to substitute another idea from the list.
Reach out for additional resources. If you still don't have the solution it's time to reach out once again to your “self-management support team” for more ideas.
Accept that the problem may not be solvable at this moment. Just because that problem isn't immediately solvable, doesn't mean it won't be solvable later. Don't give up.
Don't dwell on what you can't do. Start working on another goal you'd like to accomplish.
My Health Counts! Goals & Action Planning
Getting peace of mind about health care begins largely with finding the right doctor—one who values relationships based on openness and trust and provides high-quality care. Regardless of what kind of relationship they have with their doctor, there is a lot people can do to manage their own health, like watching what they eat, getting exercise, and limiting stress.
Once you've decided to take an active role in your health, one of the first steps is to set a goal for yourself. This is something you and your doctor or other members of your healthcare team should do together. It's part of your treatment plan—allowing you to extend your care beyond the exam room walls and into your everyday life.
Pick a problem. Talk to your doctor and take an honest look at the unhealthy aspects of your lifestyle. It's your turn to zero in on a particular behavior that you'd like to change to help prevent future illnesses, to have better control of conditions you already have and to prevent complications. For example, you might decide that you want to make healthier food choices, increase your physical activity or take your medications as your doctor has prescribed. Write down your goal and date it. Share it with your doctor and other people you trust and ask for their help.
Look for ways to accomplish your goal. There are many ways to reach any specific goal. If your goal is to lose weight you could start an exercise program, decide not to eat between meals or decide to cut out cola of other sweetened beverages from your diet. Sometimes what keeps us from reaching our goal is the failure to see alternatives, so you'll want to list all the options. Share your goal with family, friends and your healthcare team and ask them to help you add to your list.
Turning your Goals into Action Plans. When you think about reaching that goal it can be overwhelming. Generally, goals are too big to work on all at once. If your thinking about losing a significant amount of weight, say 50 pounds, it's not something you can achieve in one week, or even one month. You'll need to break down those goals into smaller achievable steps—this is action planning.
To be successful action plans need to:
Plan ahead. Try to think of things that could go wrong and plan how you'll deal with them. For example, if it rains and you can't walk in the park as planned, where will you go to walk? Is there an indoor track nearby, or could you go to the mall? If you plan how to handle problems in advance, they won't prevent you from following through with your action plan.
Check your confidence level. Ask yourself, “How confident am I that I'll be able to meet this goal?” Calculate your confidence level on a scale o 1-10 with 1 being not sure at all and 10 being totally sure. If the answer is below 7, you may need look at your action plan and either plan or foreseeable problems or change your plan so you are more confident of success.
Keep track of results. Once you are confident of your action plan write it down and post it where you will see it every day. It's a good idea to keep track of how you are doing each day. Check off accomplishments and list any problems you encounter. Ask family and friends to check in with you to see how you are doing—they can be good motivators. At the end of the week, see if you've accomplished your action plan and if you're made progress toward your goal. If you are struggling with your plan it's time to problem solve.
One of the most important things to remember is that you can change your behavior. Even though chronic conditions can make you feel helpless at times, if you work with your doctor to set goals and you take responsibility for following through with them, you can make changes that will lead to better health and decrease the advancement of disease.
Ready to start . . . Make a Plan for Your Health!
Make a plan resources:
My Health Counts! Action Plan
My Health Counts! Living Well with Diabetes Guide
CDC Healthy Living
familydoctor.org - Healthy Living
My Health Counts! Wellness and Self-Management
What are the top five things you can do to stay healthy? Eat healthy, get active, get screened, quit smoking and watch your weight.
These health behaviors, like the ones you learned in your sixth grade health class, are the kinds of things that prevent a lot of chronic conditions from occurring. And when they do occur, it's these same health behaviors that can help minimize the level of severity and allow you to be as healthy as possible living with that chronic condition.
The good news is when it comes to wellness and prevention; we have a lot of control! The bad news is unhealthy behaviors become habits; and changing those habits can be hard.
For some people the concept of wellness is the total absence of disease and that you don't have to take medications. But one of the ways that one might think about wellness is that you are the healthiest that you can be given the health conditions that you're living with.
Often the words “health” and “medicine” are used interchangeably. But the distinction is important. “Health” is the state of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing while “medicine” is the process that can help take us from being sick to being well.
You have an important role to play when it comes to both health and medicine. Your daily choices and behaviors allow you to maintain your health. But when you do get sick, it's your partnership with your doctor and your healthcare team that helps ensure your medical care is successful.
Quality health care happens when people take an active role in their own care, becoming partners with their doctor to create a more effective, trusting relationship that helps them stay healthy or determine the right care when they need it.
Regardless of what type of relationship you have with your doctor, there is a lot you can do on your own to manage your health like watching what you eat, getting exercise and limiting stress.
Learn more in the Quick Guide to Healthy Living from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Tools & more on self-management on the web:
My Health Counts! Daily Food Diary
My Health Counts! Exercise Log
Adult BMI Calculator - from the Centers or Disease control & Prevention
Child & Teen BMI Calculator - from the Centers or Disease control & Prevention
My Fats Translator - Fat Calculator - from the American Heart Association
Build Your Question List - from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
What Vaccines Do You Need? - from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Mental Health Screening Center - from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
myhealthfinder - Tools to get personalized health recommendations
Stay Connected - Apps and online communities for healthy living from healthfinder.gov
Español - Healthfinder.gov en español le ofrece la información más actualizada para que usted y sus seres queridos se mantengan saludables.
My Health Counts! More Questions to Ask the Doctor
Most doctors are pressed for time these days and patients feel like they don't have time to really talk and ask their doctors questions. Rushed doctor visits can leave people with lingering concerns about their treatments or medications, or not having fully explained their symptoms.
You can improve your care by learning more about your conditions—asking questions, sharing your medical history and making sure you understand your doctor's recommendations, and taking the necessary steps to feel better sooner.
Make Sure You Get What You Need
Questions about the agenda & goals for your appointment:
Questions about treatment:
Questions about the condition:
Questions about self-management:
Questions you might ask about a specific illness or symptom:
Questions you might ask about medications your doctor prescribes (Talk to your doctor, healthcare team member or pharmacist):
Questions you might ask about surgery or a procedure:
Questions you might ask about a lab test, an x-ray, or another test:
More questions to ask your doctor on the web:
Be Prepared for Medical Appointments
Improving health care quality is a team effort. You can improve your care and the care of your loved ones by taking an active role in your health care. Ask questions. Understand your condition. Evaluate your options. Build your question list. (from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)
My Health Counts! How to Get Copies of Your Tests & Records
Keeping copies of your health records and tests can improve communications and coordination between hospitals, doctors, nurses and patients. It allows you to be a better partner with your doctors and helps you manage your own health.
You should request a copy of your health records from all your healthcare providers, including your general practitioner, plus your eye doctor, dentist, and any other specialist you have seen and include them in your Personal Health Record. Ask if your records are in an electronic format that you can access or if you need to request copies. Also, ask your doctor or a member of the office staff to help you determine which parts of your record you need.
All hospitals, and most doctors' offices, have a release form to authorize the release of information. In most cases you can request the medical information directly from the doctor's office or medical records department at a hospital. Most facilities charge for copies. The fee can only include the cost of copying (including supplies and labor), as well as postage if you request the copy to be mailed. It can take up to 60 days to receive your medical records, so ask when you can expect to receive the information you requested. Keep in mind that offices may only keep records for a certain amount of time as required by state law. You should call the office to be sure your records still exist. In many cases you can simply send a letter that includes the relevant information rather than using a specific form. This letter will need to include:
You can have your records sent to yourself to share with a healthcare professional, or directly to a health professional. If you do have the records sent to a health professional, let them know to expect the files.
It is best to get in the routine of asking for copies of tests as they are done. Some testing facilities will send copies of the results directly to the patient if it is noted on the doctor's test orders.
Did you know?
If your physician has moved, retired, or died, his or her estate has an obligation to retain your record for a period defined by federal and state law. You may be able to locate your records by contacting:
More on getting copies of your records & tests on the web:
Do I Have the Right to See My Medical Records?
Information about obtaining medical records in New York State. (from the New York State Department of Health)
Records Are Yours for the Taking
Learn how to get a hold of your medical records. (from Trisha Torrey)
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