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How to talk to your doctor - info to bring to an appointment and follow up questions to ask

Updated: Jul 4, 2023


How to talk to your doctor - info to bring to an appointment and follow up questions to ask
HOW TO TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR


Even though you may be experienced and comfortable talking to your doctor or you sometimes are not sure how to get the most of your doctor visit, this article from NPR's Life Kit may be useful to you.


"I think most patients feel that the doctor is all-knowing, and that in the medical encounter or the relationship, that they are powerless," says Dr. Jennifer Mieres, professor of cardiology at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the chief Diversity and Inclusion officer at Northwell Health.

But your doctor can't read your mind. "I always say I didn't have ESP to figure out what was going on," says Mieres. "This is a partnership." She says ideally, doctors and patients should work together as "co-detectives."


Watch this video for tips on talking to your doctor — including what information to bring to an appointment and what follow-up questions to ask after a diagnosis.







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