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Talking to your Doctor

Talking to your Doctor

Patients used to be led by doctors, but now taking initiative and being prepared is essential to a collaborative patient-doctor partnership. Although discussing sensitive topics can be difficult, the relationship you have with your doctor is one of the most important aspects of receiving good health care. It's easy to develop a plan to make the most of your visit.

What your plan should include:
1. A list of your symptoms – write them down as you experience them and be specific
2. Your medications – this includes any prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, herbal remedies, supplements, laxatives, and eye drops.
3. List of habits or life changes – such as use of assistive devices like canes, walkers or scooters.

Use your time wisely:
1. Rank your list of concerns and questions by importance – talk about and rank your top three or four concerns or questions first.
2. Be honest with your doctor – avoid telling your doctor exactly what they want to hear and don't be afraid to tell the truth even if it's embarrassing.
3. Remember, your doctor may not be able to answer all your questions – if they don't know the answer, they will help refer you to another doctor or specialist who does.

Don't be afraid to ask your doctor questions
When you don't know the meaning of a word, or can't read your doctors handwriting, ask them to be more clear and concise. Working as a team with you doctor could lead to diagnosing ailments faster, regaining strength sooner, and being healthier on your terms.

Questions to ask in the event of a hospital or ER visit:
1. How long do you think I will be in the hospital?
2. What doctors and other medical staff will take care of my health?
3. When will I see my doctor?
4. What will be my daily schedule during my hospital stay?

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