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How To Maximize Limited Time With Your Doctor

Be Proactive

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As Consumer Reports reported in 2004: "…research shows that patients who work actively with their doctors tend to feel more in control, to tolerate symptoms better, and to take greater responsibility for improving their health. More important, they're more likely to be diagnosed accurately, to respond to treatment, and to recover quickly."

Gather enough information to make decisions based on facts -- not to become a doctor. Facts are your friend , especially if you are planning to say "no" to the doctor's suggestion.

As Dr. Julia Wellin says: "In today's medicine, if you don't ask, you don't get. You're not a pain. You're a self advocate."

NOTE:  If it helps you to assert yourself, let the doctor or nurse you understand the pressure they are under by saying something such as "You really seem to be working hard today. I hope you don't mind me asking the questions that are concerning me."

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