- You must be able to talk with your doctor to get what you need
- Ask yourself, "How much do I want to know?"
- Giving and getting information
- Asking questions
- Remembering what your doctor says
- The doctor-patient relationship
- Getting a second opinion
- If you have a problem talking with your doctor
- Information from your doctor that you will need later
- Additional resources
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