Men and the doctor-patient relationship
Katie Carpenter | 06.14.13
The doctor-patient relationship is key in receiving quality care.
“The general perception is that men are hesitant to go get healthcare. I think that they don’t want to take time off, it’s part of that macho image from time to time. But, on the other hand, we do find that a number of men are concerned about their health,” says Dr. Joe Cincotta, Medical Director for the PinnacleHealth Medical Group.
Dr. Cincotta says that reaching out to schedule an appointment is an important first step for men in taking control of their health. And, he emphasizes that the physicians are there to help, listen, and empower patients to make meaningful change.
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Over the years, Dr. Cincotta has helped many patients transform their health, and he says that the key is developing that relationship with a doctor that’s based on communication and openness.
“The foundation of primary care is built around relationship, and that takes time,” says. “With repeated visits, and that could be for a variety of issues, the patient comes to know that this is someone who is going to listen, hear me out, and they’ll be more comfortable bringing those issues up,” he explains.
Dr. Cincotta is inspired by what he’s seen over the years he’s been practicing: “Patients are remarkable and they are capable of tremendous change.”
Tell us: Do you have open communication with your own doctor? Do you feel comfortable with your doctor, and do they listen to your concerns? What is preventing you from seeing a doctor? What would help you take that first step to call and make an appointment? Please share your thoughts in a comment below.