Your Doctor & You
UC Care Collaboration
UC can affect everyone differently, so it's essential that you play a role in the decision-making when it comes to how you and your doctor manage your care. And because UC can affect everyone differently, it’s essential to speak with your doctor about your unique disease impact to get the best care possible. The more open and communicative you are, the better conversations you’ll have with your doctor. That’s where shared decision-making comes in.
What Is Shared Decision-Making?
Shared Decision-Making is a treatment model in which patients and healthcare providers proactively discuss the patient's condition. This process balances a doctor’s expertise with each patients’ preferences, priorities, and lifestyle. Not sure where to start? We’ve got a resource that may help. Try the You, Me + UC Questionnaire.
Did You Know?
In a global survey, 63% of people living with UC said they wish they had more time with their GI doctors.1
Maximize Your Visit
Have you ever left your doctor’s office realizing you forgot to ask an important question, or felt it was difficult to communicate your needs? That’s why preparing beforehand is key–as it can equip you to get the most out of your appointment.
Questions to Get Started
- What are my options to help manage my UC?
- What can I do to monitor my UC?
- Where can I get resources or connect with others about my condition?
- What else can I do to improve my health with UC?
Communicate Your Needs
Decide what you want out of your next doctor visit and communicate it. What do you want to achieve? Why is it important? Being honest and open will help your doctor understand your unique UC journey.
Consider what remission means to you, and try setting a realistic timeframe around any goals you may have
Beforehand, list all of your questions and concerns since you know yourself and your needs better than anyone
Bring a journal to your appointment or keep an open note file on your phone so you can ensure details are captured to refer back to
Make sure you know who you need to talk to, any relevant contact information, and the best time to call so you can stay on track toward your goals
- Rubin DT, et al. Ulcerative colitis narrative global survey findings: communication gaps and agreements between patients and physicians. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2021;27(7):1096-1106.