Health Tip: Perfecting the Patient/Doctor Relationship

Don't be afraid to ask questions

(HealthDayNews) -- Patients who have good relationships with their doctors tend to be more satisfied with their care -- and have better results.

Here are some suggestions from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to help you and your doctor become better partners in your health care:

  • Give your doctor information -- don't wait to be asked. Compose a "health history" list -- including any drugs, supplements and alternative products you take -- and keep it up to date.
  • Bring to your next office visit a list of questions to ask your doctor, ranked in priority order.
  • Follow up after your appointment. If you have questions, problems with your medicine, or your symptoms get worse, call.
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