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It Takes Two to Tango: Choreographing Successful Doctor-Patient Relationships

By Sheryl Jedlinski

When I tell people I’ve had Parkinson’s disease for 20 years, the first thing they ask is who my movement disorders specialist (MDS) is and what medicines I am taking. Few ask what I am doing to help myself.

My MDS, Dr. Cynthia Comella, at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, will tell you that I have retained my ability to function independently because we work well as a team to minimize the impact Parkinson’s has on my life. This supports the research that says the better the quality of doctor-patient relationships, the more likely patients are to achieve better health outcomes.What exactly do these relationships look like, and how do patients and doctors go about building them?

For answers to these questions and more, click here and view our personal story, It Takes Two to Tango: Choreographing Successful Doctor-Patient Relationships.This 34-minute YouTube video was recorded at the June 15, 2018 conference sponsored by the Iowa chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA).

Typical comments from the more than 600 people who attended the presentation include:

  • Learned a great deal – humorous but real.
  • Good interaction between speakers.
  • Enjoyable and easy to follow.

p.s. You will also find a chapter on doctor-patient relationships in my book,

Parkinson’s? You’re kidding me, right?: One woman’s unshakeable belief in overcoming a shaky diagnosis!

2 comments on “It Takes Two to Tango: Choreographing Successful Doctor-Patient Relationships

  1. Larry Williams
    July 8, 2018

    This is so good…as they always are. You should call the Arlington Library and try to get a gig there…

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