The Patient-Doctor Partnership
It is important that you work with a physician who demonstrates empathy toward you and an understanding of the symptoms of CAPS. It is a disorder where treatment requires the participation of both you and your physician.
Treatments for CAPS are most effective when the patient and the doctor work as a team, each having a role. Your doctor has the responsibility to educate you about CAPS. He or she should answer your questions and provide you with an understanding of what your symptoms are about and what your treatment options are.
You need to express your views about your treatment goals, work with your doctor to develop the treatment plan, and work toward putting the plan into action. If you follow the treatment plan closely, you and your doctor will be better able to track your results. This will allow you to achieve the best possible relief of abdominal pain.
Adapted from IFFGD Publication #141 by Douglas A. Drossman, MD, Drossman Gastroenterology, Drossman Center for the Education and Practice of Biopsychosocial Care, Chapel Hill, NC.
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