5 Tips For Effective Patient/Physician Communication
5 Tips for Effective Patient/Physician Communication
#1 Make a List
Before the doctor arrives, make a list of questions and symptoms to discuss.
#2 Be Honest
Talk about all of your problems and concerns with your doctor so that he or she can accurately gauge your situation. He/she is not there to judge you, rather to help you get better!
#3 Be in Control
If you are confused or want to ask questions, tell the doctor to slow down.
Remember: You are in control of the speed of your visit!
#4 Be a Good Listener
Clarify your questions in the hospital. If other questions come up after you are discharged, don't be afraid to call your doctor!
#5 Ask Questions
Before you are discharged, make sure that you understand everything you need to do once you return home.
When Talking with your physician, remember to:
- Make a List
- Be Honest
- Be in Control
- Be a Good Listener
- Ask Questions