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  • Be prepared for your appointment - Outline your reasons for being there.
  • Be accountable for your role in your healthcare.
  • Keep a notebook on your health history and medications.
  • Don't talk when your healthcare provider is answering your questions.
  • When you want an explanation, try to word your questions so they require more than a yes or no answer.
  • Remember your healthcare provider may see 20+ patients every day. Don't assume they remember your complaint from 3 months ago, or even last week.
  • Evaluate and report to your therapist or physician on the effectiveness of the treatment.
  • Discuss how your treatment plan improves or prohibits functioning.
  • ​Collaborate regarding your healthcare provider’s and your expectations. 
  • Expect changes in your treatment plan.
  • If your agenda is exhaustive, don't expect to cover all your questions in one visit. Prioritize and reschedule another appointment as necessary.
  • Be prepared to paint a picture with words regarding your pain, fatigue, and function.
  • Develop a rapport with assistive staff members.

**Communication is a bi-directional event. If you feel your complaints are not taken seriously, or your dignity is threatened, find a new doctor. When your care provider becomes part of the problem instead of the solution, it’s time to move on. Don’t put yourself through any unnecessary anguish. 

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Effective communication is an acquired skill. Some of us are better at it than others are, but there is always room for improvement when it comes to talking about our healthcare needs. Following are some tips on how to make the most of your healthcare visit and give a little... 

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"As a patient, you have certain rights. Some are guaranteed by federal law, such as the right to get a copy of your medical records, and the right to keep them private.” 

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It’s important to find the right people for your healthcare team. They should be someone you respect and someone who respects you. There should be mutual appreciation for the role we play as active partners in our care.