How to Talk to your Doc


ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — When it comes to doctor’s visits, you probably spend more time in the waiting room than you do with the physician. Surveys show most appointments last about 13 to 16 minutes – not a lot of time to voice your concerns. But could how you talk to your doc make your visit more productive?

Your physician is probably the most important person to talk to about your health. But how do the conversations between you and your doc stack up?

To improve communication: ask your provider to use plain language. If you don’t understand something, say so! Also repeat back what you heard to make sure you and your doc are on the same page. A good question to ask is: what’s the best and worst case scenario when it comes to my condition? Be honest with your doctor: voice any worries or fears. Also prioritize your concerns: ask about the most important ones first! Take notes at your appointment or see if it’s OK to tape record the visit. Another tip, ask to speak to someone who’s undergone the same surgery or treatment you’ll receive. And if you feel rushed, don’t be afraid to request another appointment. After all, you are paying for the services!

It’s also a good idea to tell your doctor how you learn best. For example, if you’re a visual learner, he or she may be able to provide you with materials to read at home, so you can better understand your condition.

Contributors to this news report include: Julie Marks, Producer; Roque Correa, Videographer and Editor.