BONUS 212: Communicating with Your Treatment Team

June 21, 2019

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Jody Madeira, author of Taking Baby Steps: How Patients and Fertility Clinics Collaborate in Conception and professor at Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

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Dr. Madeira and Heather discuss forming relationships with your fertility treatment team:

INTRODUCTION

  • I’d like to start by hearing a little bit more about you. Tell us about your academic background and career.
  • I understand you personally experienced infertility. Take us through your journey to parenthood and any role that played in compelling you to research and write Taking Baby Steps.

FORMING RELATIONSHIPS

  • What do we mean when we talk about “treatment team”? Who is involved? How does each member of the treatment team typically interact with patients?
  • How are fertility patient-treatment team relationships different than in other medical contexts?
  • How do patient emotions affect the relationships that patients form with their treatment teams?
  • What goals do patients have for their relationships with treatment teams?
  • What goals do treatment teams have for their relationships with patients?
  • Can patients do anything to prepare for meeting their treatment team for the first time?
  • What patient behaviors promote successful treatment relationships?
  • What patient behaviors promote unsuccessful treatment relationships?
  • Does online research help or hurt treatment relationships?
  • What is the importance of communication in relationships between patients and treatment teams?
  • What relationships can patients form with different members of the treatment team?
  • What treatment team behaviors can strengthen the treatment relationship?
  • What treatment team behaviors can undermine the treatment relationship?
  • Are there any treatment areas in which treatment teams should help patients more effectively?
  • How do patients know when they need to be more or less assertive in relationships with their treatment teams?
  • What happens when patients do not feel they are being treated respectfully by their treatment teams? How can patients let their treatment teams know that their needs have not been fulfilled?

WRITING THE BOOK

  • Why did you write Taking Baby Steps, and what was involved in the process?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Other than what we’ve discussed today, what else can readers learn in the book?
  • Do you have plans to release updated editions of this book or write additional books related to infertility in the future?
  • Where can listeners buy the book?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to someone who wants to have a good relationship with her treatment team?

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