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How to communicate effectively with your health care team

Here are a few tips:

  • Take notes on what the doctor tells you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if a medical term or recommendation is unclear.
  • Discuss the most important matters first.
  • Be precise when describing your symptoms. Use descriptive words to convey meaningful information about your symptoms or pain.
  • Speak openly about all your concerns. No problem is too embarrassing to discuss with a health care practitioner.
  • Ask your doctor and pharmacist for brochures, handouts, or website information that you and your family members can review at home.

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