Dr. Chi's Approach

Patient Empowerment. Not a phrase we hear very often. But this is a mindset that Dr. Chi practices by. Giving patients a voice is key! Expressing their needs to facilitate the proper treatment is important to empower patients, while giving them control of their health.

Own Your Health. Dr. Chi strongly believes that the majority of reasons patients come to the hospital are preventable.

Fact: heart disease is the #1 cause of death in America.

Also fact: tobacco use, physical inactivity, and poor diet are the leading causes of heart disease. 

So how do we change these statistics?

This is the approach Dr. Chi uses when addressing her patients:

What led you to seek medical attention? What are your daily lifestyle habits that we need to address and change?

She believes that once we start addressing the whole person, we find the root cause for the illness. Once this is accomplished, we are now able to attempt to treat the whole person, rather than just the disease. Prescribing medications can only go so far. So taking into consideration what the patient eats, their sleep habits, and their activity level ends up playing a vital role in managing individuals’ health.

Human beings have incredible multi-faceted senses that are all intertwined, to which our physical health is just as important as one’s emotional, social, and spiritual health. 

 

A well-known English physician author in ethics once wrote, “the feelings and emotions of the patients require to be known and to be attended to, no less than the symptoms of their disease.” Dr. Chi stresses the importance of listening to her patients, and having good communication skills in order to accomplish a healthy patient-doctor relationship. With this approach, patients will understand their needs are heard and they are not alone in ensuring a goal for an overall healthy lifestyle.

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