Below are excerpts from Dr. Richard Senelick’s article in the CostCo Connection. He offers the following advice to make the most of your next doctor’s visit.
- Don’t pretend to understand when you don’t. If the doctor explains something that doesn’t make sense to you, stop him immediately and ask her/him to explain it in terms you can understand.
- Be assertive, but friendly. Let the doctor know if you still have questions or concerns.
- Tell the doctor what you believe he/she said. This will confirm what you think you heard and will help you remember it for later. Take notes to help remember what was said.
- If you feel rushed, ask to schedule another appointment.
- If the doctor is busy, ask if there is a nurse or PA who can help answer your questions.
- Bring along a relative or friend. Another set of ears is always better.
- Ask who you can call if you have additional questions later.
Other resources on this subject:
- A rather long tutorial of medical words can be found at: https://medlineplus.gov/medicalwords/
- A list of word parts and their meanings: https://medlineplus.gov/appendixa.html
- Common abbreviations: https://medlineplus.gov/appendixb.html
- Medical Dictionary: https://medlineplus.gov/mplusdictionary.html
- Good questions for getting the right diagnosis: http://www.npsf.org/?page=askme3&hhSearchTerms=%22ask+and+3%22