Patient Safety 3

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Understanding your health care providers can be a tough task. But its an important one. In the first of a five-part series on patient safety, Dr. Edward Hill looks at ways you can be more informed about your health care in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

It can be difficult to understand what your doctors and other caregivers are telling you about your care and treatment.

Here are some issues to consider when visiting your health care provider.

If you dont understand the paper work youre given to fill out, ask someone to explain the paper work. Ask them if they can help you fill it out.

If you have trouble with understanding your medications, ask your caregiver to help you write down the medicines and the amount you take.

If the caregiver is rushed and doesnt have time to answer your questions, ask them if you need to schedule another appointment when they can answer your questions.

If your doctors instructions are not clear, dont try to figure it out yourself. Instructions from your doctor or others are important.

Try to be as clear as possible about what you do not understand. Caregivers have a duty to help you understand. You should not leave until you understand what to do.

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