Communication between doctors and patients can be powerful medicine. But too often, both parties come up short. Patients should come to appointments prepared. With questions written down in advance, a list of all current medications and allergies, and a truly candid assessment of how they’ve been getting along.
Doctors can do more, too, starting with listening better and using language patients don’t need a medical dictionary to understand. Communication keeps doctors and patients better informed. So both parties can assess treatment options more clearly, and make shared decisions as partners. A public service message from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, where Patient-Centered Care means getting better together.
For more information on Patient-Centered Care, visit orthoinfo.org.
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