Monday, September 9, 2013

Talk To A Doctor

It is not necessary to learn medical terminology or medical jargon in order to have an effective conversation with a doctor. In fact, if you attempt to bring medical terminology into the conversation, this may lead the physician into thinking you are knowledgeable about such things. But it is necessary to prepare for the talk as much as possible; here's how.


1. Know what questions you want to ask. It is also important to know if and when to ask follow-up questions. Many healthcare professionals suggest that you write down your questions before you talk. Sometimes the physician is pressed for time and cannot tarry.

2. Be as specific as you can. Be honest and open with your end of the talk. Allow the doctor time to finish her answers. Ready yourself with follow-up questions or ask for a clarification if it is needed, but do not be superfluous. Keep to the main subject. If she brings something up that you do not completely understand, respectfully ask her to stop and explain what she meant.

3. Write down your questions or concerns. Keep the paper and pencil handy to jot down notes. The majority of doctors feel this is quite appropriate and in fact encourage patients to get more involved with their care.

4. Do not be afraid to talk to the doctor. She may be the best doctor in the land, but she is also human. Doctors are not machines, so approach them in a human manner. It may be cliche, but it may help to imagine her putting her pants on one leg at a time just as you do. Remember, though, that they do deserve the respect they have earned.

5. Review your conversation. If all your questions have been answered, a quick review will be effective. Read back the information as you understand it. The results should make you and your doctor feel as if you both have a clear view of your healthcare plan.

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