Health Tip: Be a Safe Patient

Tell your doctor when something's unclear

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(HealthDay News) -- When you're scheduled for a procedure at the doctor's office or hospital, make sure you play an active role in preserving your health.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions for becoming a smarter patient:

  • Don't be afraid to ask questions or tell your doctor you need more information.
  • Share with your doctor your complete medical history, including family history and any prior illnesses, surgeries, allergies or reactions.
  • Keep with you a comprehensive list of all current medications (both over the counter and prescription), supplements and vitamins.
  • Talk to your doctor about learning more about your condition.

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