Talking With Your Doctor

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Giving and getting information

Each person has his or her own way of sharing information. That's why the perfect doctor for one person may not be a good match for another. Think about what you value in a doctor. Some people want a doctor who will share information in a clinical and business-like manner. Facts, knowledge, and excellent treatment may be what they're looking for. They expect their doctor to be the medical expert rather than a friend.

Other people want their doctors to have an excellent "bedside manner." They value a doctor who is aware of both their emotional health and medical needs. They want a doctor who feels more like a friend than a "boss" or business partner.

After you have thought through what you want as a patient, it is time to look at how you can best talk with the doctor you have chosen.

Last Medical Review: 02/01/2010
Last Revised: 06/29/2011