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Effective Patienthood Begins with Good Communication

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Given all the obstacles that prevent us from getting to the doctor's office — scheduling an appointment, digging out the insurance card and plain old procrastination — it is good health sense to make the most of your time when you are finally face-to-face with your health care provider. Easier said than done, says health researcher Sherrie Kaplan.

Talking About Symptoms With Your Health Care Team

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"What brings you here today?" It's a simple question that's at the heart of many patient-doctor conversations, but it's not a question to take lightly.

Talking About Medical Tests With Your Health Care Team

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Whether you're healthy or ill, there are a variety of medical tests your health care team might recommend for you.

Communicate With Your Doctors

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You and your doctor need accurate information from each other. Open communication with your doctor is one of the most important factors in getting and staying healthy.

Understanding a New Prescription

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Got a new prescription? Here are some tips for managing your new medication.

Talking About Your Symptoms

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Describing your symptoms well can help provide clues to what’s wrong. Here’s advice on how to tell your story.

Giving Your Doctor the Pink Slip

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Feeling uneasy with or disrespected by your current doctor? Our experts — both physicians — talk frankly about rocky spots in doctor-patient relationships.

Making a Pact With Your Doctors

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A shared care plan can be a guide to treatment goals that you and your doctors agree on, and it can set the rules of engagement as you pursue your treatment.

Monitoring Your Child's Development: Your Pediatrician Can Help

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When all is well with physical health, often it is a child's behavior that prompts parents to the visit their pediatrician who may rule out — or uncover — developmental problems.

Getting the Most Out of a Doctor’s Appointment

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Doctor’s appointments are often brief. Here’s how to quickly explain what’s wrong so you can get the help you need.

Talking About Medical Tests

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Doctors run tests to check your health or to figure out what’s wrong. Here are some basic questions you should ask about medical tests.

Asking Your Doctor Questions

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How to ask your doctor questions so that you can understand your diagnosis and treatment options.

How to Make the Most of Your Doctor Visit

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Over the years, the Center for Advancing Health has listened to hundreds of people discuss their experiences with their health and health care. One thing that seems to come up for many people is how hard it can be to find good health care and make the most of it, which includes knowing what to do at a doctor's appointment. We've come up with these tips to help.

Who’s Who in Your Doctor’s Office

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Medical offices have a lot of staff but one common goal—helping you, the patient. Here are some of the people you may meet during your doctor’s appointment.