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The Handoff: Your Roadmap to a New Doctor's Care

PREPARED PATIENT ARTICLE

Sooner or later, most patients run up against a diagnosis that sends them from their primary care doctor's care into the hands of a new physician. In medical circles, this transition is called the "handoff" — a casual name that conceals the complications and risks of this journey.

Your Doctor's Office, Demystified

PREPARED PATIENT ARTICLE

Long gone are the days when all nurses sported identical uniforms and only physicians wore white coats and scrubs. Today, when visiting your doctor's office, it can be difficult to know with whom you're speaking and what role they play in your health care.

Sick at Work

PREPARED PATIENT ARTICLE

Most people don’t have the luxury of letting work slip, even when serious illness strikes. What happens when you have a chronic condition or disability and the time off you need exceeds your number of sick days?

Organize Your Health Care

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How Do You Tell Your Employer That You Are Sick?

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If you expect to miss work due to your or a loved one’s illness, here’s what to tell your employer.

Sharing Medical Information With Multiple Doctors: Your Medical Records

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Organize Your Health Care

How to get a copy of your medical records for your personal files and for your doctors.

Your Doctor’s Office: 10 Things You Should Know

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These 10 steps will help you get the information you need for your doctor’s appointment.

Working With Your Doctor's Office

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Going to the doctor requires you to be prepared with some key information ahead of your visit. There's also important information to gather while you are at your doctor's office or health clinic. These tips can help you make the most of your health care.