Explain that to me
Doctor Visit

Explain that to me

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Family Health

We should be actively involved in our doctor’s appointment to help make decisions about our health and the best, most cost-effective treatment. But sometimes that’s easier said than done because some medical terms can be confusing, and it’s hard to recall what we don’t understand.   

Studies show 40-80% of medical information we hear our provider tell us is forgotten immediately and almost half the information that is remembered is incorrect. Take notes while you are with your provider. 

If you don’t understand, don’t be shy – keep asking questions. It’s your body, after all. It’s easy to forget what you want to ask once you’re at the doctor’s office, so be sure and bring a list of questions that includes any medications or supplements that you’re taking. 

It’s easier to recall the diagnosis than the treatment. Ask for simple, specific instructions about the treatment plan so they can be recalled and followed.  

If you understand your diagnosis and the treatment plan, and follow it, you’ll be more satisfied with your healthcare.

If you have questions or concerns about your diagnosis or treatment once you’re home, contact your doctor.  



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