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Saturday, May 25, 2013
Many people with chronic medical problems often feel frustrated as they try to get answers about their medical care. Here are a few suggestions to help make your doctor appointments more successful:
1. Remember that sometimes doctors (all doctors) do not know the answers you want. While medicine is a science, it is an evolving one, and not everything is known. Sometimes the best that doctors can do is tell you what you do NOT have, and they may not be able to give you that specific answer your want.
2. Medicine is also an art, and some doctors are better than others. Don't hesitate to get a second opinion if you want to.
3. Learning to be assertive for your own health is important. Here are some ways to help you get the answers you need:
Here are a couple of web sites that can help you with advice on communicating with your physician:
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Last Reviewed: Jun 05, 2008
Nancy Elder, MD
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati