Communicating With Your Doctor

Monday, January 23, 2012

Good communication with your doctor is an important part of your health care. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill gives us some tips about communicating with your physician.

Dr. Hill:

If you cannot communicate your needs and concerns, or your doctor cannot clearly communicate information to you, your health care will suffer.

The American Medical Association has several recommendations:

- Write down any questions you have.

- Jot down any symptoms or health care concerns that you have, including:

- what the symptoms are

- when the symptoms started

- if your symptoms have gotten better or worse

- whether your symptoms are constant or come and go

- what triggers your symptoms

- if anything relieves your symptoms

- and any lifestyle changes youve made

- Be able to provide an accurate list of all the medicines you are taking including over the counter medications, vitamins and supplements.

- Be honest with your doctor about your lifestyle, including diet, alcohol intake, smoking history, medications and other care you receive.

The more information you can provide your doctor, the better your health care encounter will be.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.