Your doctor cares about you. We want them to be part of the research team and decision-making process. With your permission, we contact your doctor(s) to obtain an accounting of your medical records to gain as much information about your health and medical history as needed. In return (again, with your permission), we share research records so your doctor(s) remains aware of the research trial and your results.
Most doctor(s) are pleased and honored to be included in a patient’s decision to take control of their health. They – and you – benefit from the added information, support, medical care, and medication that come with participation in an IACT Health research trial.
Your doctor can never abandon you and it’s rare for a physician to discharge a patient from their practice. While uncommon, typical reasons why a patient might be discharged from a practice includes noncompliance (such as violating a treatment plan or contract), being verbally or physically abusive, or not paying a bill. Short of those extenuating circumstances, you can expect to maintain a great doctor/patient relationship simply by keeping open and honest lines of communication.