About this blog

As I said in my first post, I want to capture stories of doctor-patient communication at its best and at its worst and the consequences of misunderstanding. The only way that can work is if you participate. So please post your experiences.

The goal for all of us is to have really good doctors’ visits and thereby decrease the worst encounters. To accomplish that goal we need superior communication between us and our doctors. You may have chosen a doctor who has an outstanding medical background. But that’s only the beginning. Your doctor also needs to be able to share medical information with you that you can understand—and verify that you did understand.

Most of you are familiar with teachers who are brilliant—maybe an astrophysicist—but can’t teach. Their students find learning difficult. There are many doctors who are brilliant—but can’t communicate. Unfortunately, when you don’t understand what your doctor said, the consequences can go far beyond that of a student who fails a class. Your life may be on the line when you don’t understand medical information. In this blog we’ll discuss why patients so frequently don’t understand and ways to improve the chances for comprehension.

This blog will give you tools so you can improve your doctor’s communication. Yes, you can play an important role in that process. My second post will show you an easy and effective way to accomplish a task you may think is beyond your reach. It’s not.

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