Thursday, June 19, 2008

How to talk to a doctor -

How to talk to a doctor - "You are an empowered, assertive and knowledgeable patient. You can Google like nobody's business. But if you lack one crucial skill, you still may get lousy medical care.

That skill: talking to doctors.

'The old technique of having a conversation is 99% of what a successful doctor's visit is about,' says Peter Salgo, a professor of medicine and anesthesiology at Columbia University in New York and host of the PBS medical series Second Opinion.

We hear a lot, of course, about doctors who don't listen, don't answer questions or don't remember their manners.

But communication is a two-way endeavor. And sometimes it's patients who fail Communication 101."

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