A good relationship between a patient and a physician is crucial and could become a lifetime—and life-saving—connection.

Personally, I do something I like to call the HOPE Note when I see patients. This stands forHealing Oriented Practices and Environments Note. It is essentially a set of questions physicians can ask their patients that address the underlying determinants of their health. These questions can help discover which changes can be personalized and implemented in a patient’s current lifestyle. A physician’s goal is to develop a collaborative relationship with their patient in order to achieve prevention and healing. In the video below, I demonstrate what questions physicians can ask patients in order to establish this important relationship.

For doctors looking to improve their relationship with their patients, I encourage them to use the HOPE Note as their guide. I also encourage patients to give a copy of my book, How Healing Works, to their physicians and ask them to do an integrative visit, using the HOPE Note.

Dr. Wayne Jonas is an integrative health and health care expert, practicing family physician, researcher, widely published scientific investigator, and author of How Healing Works: Get Well and Stay Well Using Your Hidden Power to Heal. Dr. Jonas is the Executive Director of Samueli Integrative Health Programs, an effort supported by Henry and Susan Samueli to increase awareness and access to integrative health. Additionally, Dr. Jonas is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Medical Corps of the United States Army.