Article written by
Heather Lapidus Glassner
A good relationship between people with migraine and doctors can contribute to better health outcomes.
In a recent study published in JAMA, two Stanford University researchers looked at actions health care providers (HCPs) “can take to be fully engaged with patients and understand their perspectives, life circumstances and priorities.” The five recommended practices include “agree on what matters most (find out what the patient cares about and incorporate these priorities into the visit agenda)” and “connect with the patient’s story (consider life circumstances that influence the patient’s health; acknowledge positive efforts; celebrate successes).”
The results of a recent online survey conducted by MyMigraineTeam reflect these findings, but from the perspective of the person visiting a doctor or other health care provider. In the survey, MyMigraineTeam members were asked about their experience with doctors and other providers who treat their migraines.
Respondents who were satisfied with their health care providers felt that doctors listen and try to understand their situation, as well as keep an open mind when it comes to trying new medications for migraines.
There are three common themes that MyMigraineTeam members brought up when they talked about their positive relationship with their doctors or other HCPs. Some were pleased that their doctors hear and understand what they are going through and are flexible in trying to help. Others appreciated that they were willing to try new ideas and medications and to keep trying and trying, if necessary. In addition, when the doctors can help them manage or control migraines and symptoms, respondents felt like the doctor had helped.
1) LISTENS TO ME/UNDERSTANDS WHAT I AM GOING THROUGH
What MyMigraineTeam members say about doctors who listen:
|2) WILLING TO TRY NEW IDEAS|
MyMigraineTeam members on doctors who try new approaches:
|3) HELPS ME MANAGE THE PAIN|
MyMigraineTeam members on doctors who find effective treatments for their migraines:
Not everyone is satisfied with how doctors treat migraines. The two main causes of dissatisfaction are a feeling their doctors don’t listen to them or feeling that doctors aren’t interested in working with them to find pain relief. Sometimes people are frustrated that they are not feeling better and wish the doctor would do more.
|1) DOES NOT LISTEN|
MyMigraineTeam members on doctors who don’t listen:
|2) GIVES UP TRYING TO FIND TREATMENT THAT WORKS|
MyMigraineTeam members on doctors who give up trying to treat their migraines:
Read more about results from the MyMigraineTeam survey:
What do you think it takes to be a good migraine doctor? What does your doctor do well? What would you like to see done differently? Comment below or post on MyMigraineTeam.