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Talking with Your Doctor
Dorothy Spurgiasz, CNS
Bellevue Hospital Center, Patients Family Education
Understanding what the doctor tells you is very important. Many people are reluctant to speak up when they don't understand what the doctor says. Medical words can be hard to understand. Your doctor may not know you feel confused, especially if you are a quiet and a good listener. It is OK to ask the doctor to re-explain what he or she is saying; ask the doctor to use 'plain English'. Ask questions until you DO understand. As you and your doctor get to know each other, communicating should get easier.
People, especially in the west, are beginning to take an increasingly active role in their personal health care. In fact your doctor and health care team can work together with you to help you have the best possible health. Before you go to your health care appointments, think about your overall health and be ready to talk about it to your health care providers. Tell them how you are feeling. Tell them about any changes in your health you may have noticed. Explain what worries or bothers you the most. Then be prepared to answer questions about your health and ask your own questions!
Here are some general questions you may want to ask when you see your doctor:
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