It is common in this day and age for doctor and patient to have more of a communicative relationship. You, as the patient, can take an active role in your care. This means asking questions and fully understanding how your health is being managed. For seniors it is especially important because there may be more health conditions and treatments that need to be discussed. How well you and your doctor talk to each other is key in getting the right care for your needs, but there can be obstacles on either side.
- Patients often struggle to say exactly what they want to say and knowing how to say it.
- Doctors, according to the National Institute on Aging, will start to interrupt the patient in an average of 18 seconds.
How, then, can a patient ensure they are asking the right questions and understanding the doctor’s information? We’ve put together some tips to help you get the most out of your appointments.
After your appointment do not hesitate to talk to family members about what was said and brought up. If you have any questions, uncertainties, or concerns, call or e-mail your doctor. Remember that the more information you share and the more clarification you get, the better that you and your doctor can jointly and effectively manage your health!