How to Open the Lines of Communication at Your Next Doctor’s Appointment September 10, 2012.

Many patients may feel afraid to speak up in the examination room when they don’t understand something their doctor is telling them or are uncomfortable with the way their treatment is going. In order to ensure you have the best possible medical care in Cleveland and avoid the occurrence of a medical malpractice, you should follow these tips when communicating with your healthcare professional.

  • Bring a list with you of all the questions and concerns you may have about your health. Many times patients will "blank out" when their doctor asks if they have any questions, which prevents them from getting the information they need.
  • Speak up if you don’t understand something. Doctors may forget that you aren’t familiar with medical jargon or whether or not you have talked about something before. So don’t be shy.
  • If you have questions later, call to make a follow-up appointment. You will be better served to make another trip to the doctor than spin your wheels on your own and perhaps injure yourself or a make an illness worse.

Remember that you and your doctor share the same goal – for you to be healthy. While it may take a few tries to get comfortable with opening up to your doctor, the benefits are worth it.

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Whether you follow the appropriate steps to ensure proper healthcare or not, mistakes can happen because of the negligence of your physician. If you become the victim of this, know that an attorney is here to help. Call us today for a free consultation at (440) 333-3800.