Wednesday, September 19, 2007

PACE - How to Talk to your Doctor

PACE - How to Talk to your Doctor: "People often complain about doctors' poor communication. While many doctors could stand to improve their communication, there are good reasons why patients also should be effective communicators: * Doctors' appointments are usually limited to about 15 minutes, so it's important for patients to be prepared and organized. * The doctor's ability to determine what is wrong and how to treat it depends almost entirely on the communication between the doctor and patient. * Science has provided many wonderful medications and tests, but the doctor's decision to order a test or prescribe a medication most often depends on what information is provided by the patient.

In general, effective patient communication involves:
Presenting detailed information about how you are feeling.
Asking questions if desired information is not provided.
Checking your understanding of information that is given to you.
Expressing any concerns about the recommended treatment.

These four communication skills make up the PACE system for communicating with you doctor. You can get the most out of this web site if you take notes as you work through the pages. There will be points where you will want to write down information to tell"

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