Talking With Your Doctor

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Remembering what your doctor says

It’s hard to understand complex information when you are anxious or afraid. And sometimes, without knowing it, doctors use words their patients don’t understand. If you don’t understand something, ask your doctor to explain it to you.

Even if the doctor carefully explains things, you may not hear or remember all that is said. Here are some ways to help you remember everything your doctor tells you.

  • Take notes on what your doctor says.
  • Ask if you can record your talks.
  • Take a family member or friend there with you. He or she can remind you of questions you want to ask and help you remember what the doctor said. You may want to take along the person who talks to your family about how you are doing. This will keep that person informed and help your family feel included. It will also keep you from having to answer a lot of questions. You may want your family’s help in making decisions, so keeping them up to date is a good idea.

Last Medical Review: 05/04/2012
Last Revised: 05/04/2012