Monday, February 22, 2016

HOW TO TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR



Have you ever left a doctor’s office and realized you either didn’t ask certain questions or couldn’t remember exactly what the doctor said?  'Tis the season for illness (everyone seems to have something) and it’s a good time to learn how to communicate effectively.

Let’s start with the National Institute of Health’s website that includes some great tips on preparing for your medical appointment, asking questions and understanding your diagnosis and treatment.

The Monrovia Public Library also has some terrific books on the same subject.

The Patient’s Playbook: How to Save Your Life and the Lives of Those You Love is a new book devoted to the idea that individuals can manage their health by being prepared for both appointments and unexpected emergencies. Author Leslie Michelson shows how patients can be their own best advocates in navigating medical care.

What happens When Doctors Don’t Listen? Doctors Leana Wen and Joshua Kosowsky take up the topic and show how patients can empower themselves to be excellent consumers who can have better comprehension of their own care. The book is easy-to-understand and full of great suggestions for communicating with doctors.
 
In Tell Me the Truth Doctor the author Richard Besser M.D. states that the knowledge about health issues is always going to help patients in selecting the right medical approach. This succinct medical reference books offers information that will help patients ask the right questions.

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