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Friday, December 20, 2013
Many people with chronic medical problems often feel frustrated as they try to get answers about their medical care. Here are a few suggestions to help make your doctor appointments more successful:
1. Remember that sometimes doctors do not know the answers you want. While medicine is a science, it is an evolving one, and not everything is known. Sometimes the best that doctors can do is tell you what you do NOT have, and they may not be able to give you that specific answer your want.
2. Medicine is also an art, and some doctors are better than others. Do not hesitate to get a second opinion if you want to.
3. Learning to be assertive for your own health is important. Here are some ways to help you get the answers you need:
Visiting the doctor can be stressful. It helps to have questions written down before your appointment. Print out this list of questions, and take it with you the next time you visit the doctor.
These questions were taken from Preventing Diabetes: Questions for the doctor at Healthfinder.gov.
You may find additional help communicating with your physician at:
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Last Reviewed: Oct 10, 2013
Nancy Elder, MD
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati