Monday, September 20, 2010

MedlinePlus: Talking with your doctor

This website presents, in the section "Health News", some advices for patients to prepare for consultation with their doctors so the patient can participate actively in the care process.

The objective of these tips is the patient to reflect about the importance of his participation, from the position of a formed patient, in the healthcare process. The patient should organize information about his disease to be transmitted to the doctor during the visit. He must also raise the questions necessary to understand their disease: what is happening, what is the evolution and how will be the treatment and the follow-up. After the consultation the patient should not have doubts about the information transmitted by the doctor.

In the news you will find links to other documents of interest for patients, related to the medical consultation:

Be an active member of your health care team (Food and Drug Administration)
How to talk to your child's Doctor (Nemours Foundation)
Tips for talking to your Doctor (American Academy of Family Physicians)

The column on the right contains links to topics of interest: Patient Safety, Patient Rights...

Posted by Lola Martín
English version by Erika Céspedes

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