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Effective Patienthood Begins with Good Communication
PREPARED PATIENT ARTICLE
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
PREPARED PATIENT ARTICLE
"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.

Watchful Waiting: When Treatment Can Wait
PREPARED PATIENT ARTICLE
For some patients, delaying treatment while regularly monitoring the progress of disease may benefit them more than a rush to pharmaceutical or surgical options.

Using Physician Rating Websites
PREPARED PATIENT ARTICLE
New health review sites promise to help you make this important decision for yourself or your loved ones. However, patients and physicians alike are finding that these doctor reviews aren’t as transparent or useful as they might seem.

Find Good Health Care
PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Find Good Health Care
The quality of doctors and hospitals varies. Here is information to help you find the right care.

Communicate With Your Doctors
PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Communicate With Your Doctors
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
PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Communicate With Your Doctors
Got a new prescription? Here are some tips for managing your new medication.

Talking About Your Symptoms
PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Communicate With Your Doctors
Describing your symptoms well can help provide clues to what’s wrong. Here’s advice on how to tell your story.

Participate in Your Treatment
PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Participate in Your Treatment
Better health is more likely when we agree on a plan of action with our doctor and follow it.

Giving Your Doctor the Pink Slip
PREPARED PATIENT ARTICLE
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
PREPARED PATIENT ARTICLE
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.

Asking Your Doctor Questions
PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Communicate With Your Doctors
How to ask your doctor questions so that you can understand your diagnosis and treatment options.

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.

Should I Get a Second Opinion?
PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Make Good Treatment Decisions
Different doctors can suggest different diagnoses or ways to treat your illness. Here’s how to decide whether you should get a second opinion.

Your Doctor’s Office: 10 Things You Should Know
PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Organize Your Health Care
These 10 steps will help you get the information you need for your doctor’s appointment.

Managing Your Medications
PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Participate in Your Treatment
Part of participating in your treatment is remembering to take your medication as prescribed. This task can get difficult if you aren’t feeling well or are juggling multiple prescriptions

How Much Will Your Health Care Cost?
PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Pay for Your Health Care
It can be hard to figure out how much your health care will cost ahead of time. Here are some tips for preparing for the cost of your procedures.