How to make your own healthy brochure

Ching Yang and Kevin Parker

“I take three white pills every morning, but I don’t know their names or why they are used.”

“I had a hip replacement a while ago, but I don’t remember if it was the left or the right side.”

“I was really sick and stayed in the hospital for a week last year, but I can’t tell you what was wrong or how I improved.”

“Are there other medical problems? No, I don’t think so, I am in very good shape!”

These are real quotes from my patients We all have a little hesitation in acknowledging our failing body parts, mixed with disdain for unintelligible medical terms. Perhaps that is why we are so often oblivious to taking care of our health.

A comprehensive understanding of our health is the foundation for proactive health management. To that end, I was happy to meet a patient who brought a personal health summary of their cataract appointment. He collected his medical history, medications, allergies, and various providers, organized all of this information into an Excel spreadsheet and printed it out.

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