David Pong, M.D. on Oct 19, 2016
Simply put, preventative care is the process of taking small steps to either avoid health issues and chronic illness or manage these issues in an effective and low-intervention way. There are many things you can do to incorporate preventative health into your lifestyle, such as eating a nutritious diet and getting a proper amount of exercise. But how do you navigate unique health challenges that might be keeping you from achieving your best health?
For many individuals, preventative health is about more than diet and exercise. It’s a deeper look at the unique factors that make up your health and lifestyle, and that’s where a preventative care assessment comes in.
The Preventative Care Assessment
One of the most effective ways to take a prevention-focused approach to your health care is to monitor your progress over time, starting with a clear benchmark of your starting point.
The best benchmark is an assessment that includes not only a thorough physical examination, but also a deeper conversation with your physician about your family’s medical history and your unique lifestyle factors that may impact your risk for a future illness.
The goal of the preventative care assessment is to identify your risks and any issues that can be prevented through lifestyle choices, as well as diagnose any potential existing issues that need attention before they become bigger problems.
You and your physician can use the insights gained through a preventative assessment to create a custom plan of action that indicates what you need to do, what you need to avoid and what you need to change.
Preventative Care Assessment Questions
The most important characteristic of the preventative care assessment is the time you spend with your physician and the relationship that develops. This process is not a formulaic checklist to work through during a short visit; it’s a conversation starter that allows your physician to truly understand your life, your health and your goals.
Here’s a look at several questions that might be included in a preventative care assessment:
Risk factors encompass a broad range of questions regarding you, your family history and your health history. It could be measured as your blood pressure, past illnesses or unique attributes of your body.
- What illnesses have you been diagnosed with?
- Are you experiencing any pain or discomfort on a daily basis?
- What is your family history?
- How was your diet and activity level as a child?
Lifestyle factors refer to choices you make about diet, exercise and stress management that can impact your overall health. These answers are typically tracked over time to assess progress with ongoing lifestyle management habits.
- What is your current diet?
- Do you exercise? If so, how often?
- What is your stress level?
- Are you happy?
- How much do you work, and do you enjoy it?
- How are you sleeping?
Next Steps for Preventative Care With PartnerMD
The preventative care assessment is one of many tools that allows PartnerMD physicians to focus on providing prevention-focused care. As the focus point for a lifelong relationship, it’s a powerful way to prevent or manage chronic illness and achieve your best health.