Over the years, I've filled out plenty of forms at doctors' offices, but this was a new one for me:
Getting Test Results: this form stated that as my doctor could not keep up with when and whether I had gone for testing and when or what results might be available, it was my responsibility for all test follow-up. It went on to candidly admit that sometimes test findings are overlooked or misplaced and that it was simply best for patients to be in charge of keeping up with all their tests and to initiate contact with the doctor's office to track their status and to discuss and review them. I was expected to add my name and date as an acknowledgement of this new explicit role and expectation.
This was my first visit with that doctor.
I am still shaking my head on the one hand OK maybe this just states that this responsibility is in my hands and that by signing this form, I acknowledge that as an adult, I must maintain a watchful and proactive approach to insuring I get safe, decent health care. And my doctor's office has clearly let me know that they believe it is not their role to provide this oversight so fair warning. But today's Washington Post article, When it's helpful to tune out the truth, raises some question about just how responsible we can be for our health at all times without some proactive, compassionate and understanding professional support by our side.
It is too soon in our relationship for me to know how and if this new doctor might help me confront and face troubling medical tests like a new cancer diagnosis. But signing just this one form about getting my test results, gives me pause, and it makes me suspect that maybe this new physician practice is not going to be my last.