Next Avenue: Is your doctor really listening to you?

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org. It is part of the Transforming Life as We Age Special Report.

We recently asked readers to tell us the questions they’d like answered about how to most effectively communicate with their doctors. We’re now back with two experts’ views on the top three questions we received. They are:

  • How can I make sure my physician understands my concerns when all I get is a nod from him or her while typing away on a laptop computer?
  • Does a surgeon have an obligation to fully explain a serious mistake he or she made during my surgery?
  • How do you talk confidentially with your doctor with so-called “scribes” taking notes in the room during your visit?

Talking with your physician during a visit is an important part of your health care, and for many people who have watched this digital age come into being, the way communication is happening with health care providers can be a little unsettling.

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