Communicating with Professionals

Updated:Mar 8,2018

After a cardiac event or surgery, it is important to follow-up with your medical team.

You can help improve the care you receive at follow-up appointments by talking with your healthcare team about your concerns, asking questions and getting the facts. Usually, office visits and phone calls are shorter and more rushed than you (or your professionals) want. Simple communication skills can help you get what you need – over the phone, at the hospital or during office visits.

Good communication skills help you get better results from the time you spend with all your healthcare providers, not just your doctor. Use the skills from this section when you talk to your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, dietitian, physical therapist, exercise physiologist or other healthcare professionals.

Find a list of questions to ask at your next appointment.

Healthcare professionals talk about why good communication is important

A patient describes how he prepares for office visits

Health reporter John Hammarley summarizes communication tips

This content was last reviewed March 2018.

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